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Colt Walker Period Counterfeit 44 Pistol Mexican?

This copy of the famous hand-cannon was not produced anytime recently and may even be from the period in which the prototype was actually made, or close to it. Copies were made in several US states and Mexico to cash in on the popularity of the potent 44 bore pistol and it was a sign of prestige to own one. This example sports only some of the markings usually found with the correct etched battel scenes on the cylinder and “U.S.” over “1847” above the wedge but no Colt markings or unit markings nor any proof marks of any kind. It has matching serial numbers (including on the toe, not pictured) and is blended gray and brown patina with scattered rust spotting while the bore has some patchy rust scattered about and grades at Antique Very Good. The ram seems to have a split eye and has to be pushed into place before the lever can move it properly. The action doesn’t work – the hammer only goes back about ˝” and the cylinder doesn’t turn. The grip is sound. My guess is that this was made in the late 19th or early 20th century, shot very little and either neglected or aged purposely to arrive here as it is now. In any case it’s a nice representative piece that doesn’t look like it was made yesterday and you don’t have to rob a bank to buy it. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of July 8th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 07-02-19A--19-24-24