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I have a old colt which I would consider nothing more than a paper weight right now. I'm looking into restoring it but I am lost as to year and model. Is there a site I can enter the serial number and get any answers? I believe it is a frontier six shooter. I've been told that it is a blackpowder gun. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm a little lost on the link my serial # falls into a couple of categories or so I think my #124937. So give it a shot and let me know.
 

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"Restoration" generally screws up the value in any antique firearm. Clean it up with solvent, cloth, oil and leave it alone.

You wanna "Bubba" a gun, go buy a Jennings.

Colt Mod. 1878 Frontier. Your gun was mfg'd in 1884. 12200 to 13699.
 

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"Restoration" generally screws up the value in any antique firearm. Clean it up with solvent, cloth, oil and leave it alone.

Colt Mod. 1878 Frontier. Your gun was mfg'd in 1884. 12200 to 13699.
+1. Do a little research before you do anything. Factory letter might
be a good idea. If you want to try your hand at "restoration", buy
an old Iver Johnson top-break or two and have at it. Don't start
on a old Colt!

For a real restoration, check out Doug Turnbull Firearms. Be prepared
for some sticker shock---properly done it isn't cheap.
 

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It is a single action. The factory letter will let me know what finish and original owner correct? It has a nickle finish which is in real bad shape.
 

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It is a single action. The factory letter will let me know what finish and original owner correct? It has a nickle finish which is in real bad shape.
A factory letter is around 100 bucks but worth it. It won't tell you the original owner but it will tell you where it was shipped to along with original finish, barrel length etc.
 
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