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Posted by Pete Nelson on Friday, 1 April 2011, at 7:23 p.m., in response to Re: Pete, posted by Ron Ketcham on Tuesday, 15 March 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
Good evening Ron,
And please forgive my being late in responding to your inquiry dated 15 March 2011 regarding the COLT MODEL 1873 SINGLE-ACTION ARMY REVOLVER S/N 112020. I was out of the Pittsburgh area for nearly a couple of weeks at my younger son's home in Virginia and prior to leaving had searched all four volumes of the SRS "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS", prepared a response to you - - and proceeded to lose it into Cyberspace".
Your specific S/N was NOT listed in any of the Volumes, and in fact I found a total of only (5) in the 112000-series;
112141 ARTILLERY Model 1898 Companies E & F, 20th Kansas Volunteer Inf.
112843 ARTILLERY Model 10-17-1900 2nd Artillery (Inspection at Sprngfld. Arm)
112094 ARTILLERY Model 05-16-1908 Camp Keithly, Philip. Isl. (DEF)
112630 ARTILLERY Model 05-16-1908 Camp Keithly, Philip. Isl. (DEF)
112688 ARTILLERY Model 076-16-1901 Santo Tomas, Philip. Isl. (POLICE ISSUE)
There was some verbiage in all four VOLUMES discussing blocks of Serial Numbers and also mentioning the fact that most of the 5-1/2" barreled ARTILLERY Model SAA Revolvers are characterized by having mixed serial numbered parts and that it is often difficult (or impossible) to determine which part of any subject gun the overall serial number listed was actually taken from (Backstrap? Cylinder? Trigger Guard? Barrel? etc.?). But then the authors go on to admit that:
"...many of the original records DO contain a notation as to which number
was actually used...".
Again, I apologize for being late in getting back to you. With very best regards,
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