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Texas1911

TGT Addict
May 29, 2017
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Austin, TX
Had a guy come in today with his kids asking for some ammo for his old revolver his grandfather gave him. He said it was a .32 so I asked to see it so we could verify. Sure enough it was a .32 WCF which is a right old cartridge.

Upon closer inspection his "old revolver" turned out to be a 1890s model Colt single action Army ... and it's approx. value according to our appraisal book was about $8,000 - $12,000. When I saw it said Colt, and it was a Single Action I immediately told him not to ever shoot it again. He didn't seem so adamant about taking that advice until he saw what it was worth. He then chucked aside all intentions to shoot it and went straight, presumably, to McBride's where we told him to have it appraised for insurance value.

The gun had 8 notches cut into the extractor tube, which is Texan for bodies of some sort, so the gun had some heritage to it being a factory heirloom.

I also told him and his kids to never sell it.
 

jfrey

Active Member
Apr 8, 2008
419
16
Coastal Texas
My best friend inherited a 1873 Colt SAA in 38/40. It has real ivory grips and he has the original holster it was carried in. He also has a Winchester 1892 rifle in the same caliber that matches the revolver. Both are in good condition and YES, we did take them out and shoot them both. His son is the 5th generation to shoot these guns. Shooting these old guns is expensive but the fun is worth it.
 

Hoji

Bowling-Pin Commando
May 28, 2008
13,122
113
Mustang Ridge
Had a guy come in today with his kids asking for some ammo for his old revolver his grandfather gave him. He said it was a .32 so I asked to see it so we could verify. Sure enough it was a .32 WCF which is a right old cartridge.

Upon closer inspection his "old revolver" turned out to be a 1890s model Colt single action Army ... and it's approx. value according to our appraisal book was about $8,000 - $12,000. When I saw it said Colt, and it was a Single Action I immediately told him not to ever shoot it again. He didn't seem so adamant about taking that advice until he saw what it was worth. He then chucked aside all intentions to shoot it and went straight, presumably, to McBride's where we told him to have it appraised for insurance value.

The gun had 8 notches cut into the extractor tube, which is Texan for bodies of some sort, so the gun had some heritage to it being a factory heirloom.

I also told him and his kids to never sell it.


To bad his offspring are probably government educated and will call a hotline and report their dad for having an illegal gun, only to have it "lost" before his case clears and it can be returned.
 

jwise

New Member
Jun 17, 2009
43
6
Spring
You know, as I wrote that I thought to myself that flintlock was probably wrong. I don't ACTUALLY know, as I have not handled it, and only seen very bad pictures of it. It is probably a percussion cap rifle.
 
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