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New ARMY Model 1894 38 Colt DA Made 1895 NJ Marked

This model 1894 Army model Colt D.A. 38 bears the serial number 61160 putting its manufacture date in 1895 and it has the initials R.A.C. for Renaldo A. Carr who was the War Department’s inspector for these arms and his initials appear again on the rear of the cylinder and bottom of the barrel. Of great interest are additional inspectors marks of “L.E.B.” beneath Mr. Carr’s and “N.J.” stamped on the frame above the trigger on the left. The serial number is echoed on the 6” barrel, cylinder and cylinder latch. It retains about 40% original blue with fading to brown and gray patina and scattered oxidation spotting while the bore is about 92% smooth and shiny with good, strong rifling and 8% consisting of a few small patches of rust and the grips are sound with some dings on the butts, a small stable crack at the heel of the right panel and a small chip at the toe of the left. The grips seem to be original but the inspector marks are long worn off. Function is perfect and lock-up has only the very slightest movement. A great example of our Army’s side arm when leggings and campaign hats were the uniform of the day and this one apparently served with the illustrious New Jersey National Guard. We’ve seen only one other example ever of a NJ marked 1894 (SN 60779). If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 25th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-21-19A--19-09-32