"Colt New Service" questions...
I hope someone can help me out here... I'm not very familiar with early revolvers.
I was out the other day looking at some of the "local" gun shops and came across a fairly large Colt revolver. Has the grips with the COLT logo.
It was tagged "1917 Colt" with a price of $799. It was in pretty good shape; s/n 77977
I wrote the serial number down with the intention of checking it on the Springfield Research site... for the first time ever, I got a hit. They show
it going to the Post Office Dept. in April of 1930.
I also checked another site... proofhouse.com and came up with a manufacturing date of 1915. How can a "1917 COLT" have been made in 1915? Or is the proper name actually "Colt New Service" but was mistakenly listed as a 1917 Colt ?
I was hoping to find a military connection to this pistol... perhaps WWI;
I guess it could have been used by the military and then transferred over to
the post office dept. in 1930... (??)
I may go back and look at it again a little more closely for any inspection or ordnance stampings.
Does anyone have any thoughts?