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Comment by James F. Burgos on April 25, 2011 at 11:45am
Dave, the Colt revolving carbines and rifles never really hit it off in the West.  With repeaters like the Henry and Winchester ( actually invented by Mr. Henry )  the Colt six shot was just outgunned.  Oddly enough, the Colt Revolving Rifle was very popular in Mexico !  They were actually used in the Mexican Revolutions of the early 20th Century.  As late as the 1950's, sometimes they could be found for sale in some shops.  OH, to have a time machine.  I still drool when I remember the early 1960's, when you could buy an " 03 A3 Springfield  "  for $20 !  NRA EXCELLENT.  BY MAIL !   
Comment by Todd R. Melcher on April 25, 2011 at 11:38am

Nice revolver Dave. The Italians developed some good weapons, it was putting them to effective use on the battlefield where they were lacking.

Q. Why are WWII surplus Italian firearms such a good buy?

A. They were only dropped once.

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 25, 2011 at 10:36am

Thanks for the great info, James.

These things cost about $275 brand new, but the used ones go for less than $100. The holster was custom made for a previous owner and looks unused.

My son didn't realize it was a left handed holster until I mentioned it. All three of my boys and I are right handed, but we all shoot guns and bows left handed because of our dominant eye.

I'm a convicted felon and not supposed to have guns, so this one has to join the rest of my collection at a friends house in storage until I can get my gun rights back.

Harney would go to any length to defeat the enemy. In March 1838, the Regiment took delivery from Samuel Colt of 50 Patterson Patent revolving carbines. Legend has it that Harney purchased these weapons with his own money. Fifty selected troopers were equipped with this new carbine and formed a Regimental corps of sharpshooters. Some say that the sharpshooters were so successful that Harney bought 50 more carbines in 1839. Thus, the Regiment earned its reputation both for daring new tactics and the use of new technology.

Comment by John G Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:20am


what is a glucklish easter?

google doesn't even know?

Comment by John G Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:15am
Sorry Tom, no Eng. - German Dictionary handy - but Happy belated Easter to you and yours.
Comment by John G Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:14am

2nd Dragoons Rule!


Comment by John G Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:12am
it's like military intelligence, or business ethics, some things rarely go together; I have never owned an italian weapon, but some are the worlds most valuable. I don't know the pedigree of the left-handed western holster worn revolver shown. But I know absolutely nuthin about black-powder revolvers. A little before my time. 
Comment by James F. Burgos on April 25, 2011 at 10:12am
Michael, Dave's revolver is a replica of the Civil War sidearms.  You needed black powder, lead ball, and percussion caps.  Cartridges had just been invented ( the .44 Henry rimfire rifle comes to mind ) .  The Army, being the ARMY, was always behind the curve on firearms development.  However, there was ONE Union battalion ( ? )  which was equipped with the .44 Henry REPEATER rifle.  The Commander was wealthy and bought the rifles for his men, with his OWN MONEY.  The 1851 Navy Colt has a rich history.  Its most famous user was James Butler Hickock,  WILD BILL !  Even after the Civil War, Wild Bill carried a brace ( 2 )  of Navy Colts when nearly everyone had switched over to  " ' catridge "  guns.  He was wearing both when he was killed in Deadwood, Indian Territory. ( Dakota )     DAVE, nothing wrong with Italian guns.  My 1875 Remington Army was made by Uberti & Co. Italy.  It's a fine ole HOG LEG and is both reliable and ACCURATE !  OH!  I figured out why the Colt and Remington Army models were sighted in for 50 yards !  With the 7 1/2 inch barrels, they were offered to the Army for ONE MAIN PURPOSE.  The CAVALRY CHARGE !  It was better to engage the enemy at 50 yards than to " get up close and personal "  with the HOSTILES !  Remember, most of the INDIAN WARS were fought in the 1870's and 1880's.  GARY OWEN !
Comment by John G Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:09am

It it is any kin to the 1851 Navy revolver, it could be quite valuable; curiosity prevails here, it is in a left-handed western holster, check the body of the gun and see if it is worn more on the left or the right.

There would be some small scratches, nicks and etc, on the outside side while work; assuming it was carried in a holster.

As a lefty myself, I am always interested in  left-handed handguns, that is handguns that were worn by lefties. Mostly rare as lefty's are famous for converting to righties.

But my left eye is my primary eye [shooting eye]; so it is not possible for me to convert and still hit the broadside of maggies drawers.  

Comment by michael ruotolo on April 25, 2011 at 10:03am
Your a regular backwoods man. I have a 22 that looks like that. That is a really nice looking rig. I am going shooting this week but with packing up the house I moved most of my guns to the safe deposit box. How was your Easter?

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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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