*SOLD* 1900 Colt New Navy .38 Blue 5 3/4" *GREAT ANTIQUE DA REVOLVER EXAMPLE*

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  • 1900 Colt New Navy .38 Blue 5 3/4" *GREAT ANTIQUE DA REVOLVER EXAMPLE*
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  • 1900 Colt New Navy .38 Blue 5 3/4" *GREAT ANTIQUE DA REVOLVER EXAMPLE*



Item Description

Bryant Ridge Auction Company is pleased to present this Historic double-action revolver for a penny-start auction; this is the Colt New Navy! 

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Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Navy
Serial: 145565
Date of Manufacture: 1900
Caliber: .38 
Finish: Blue 
Barrel Length: 5 3/4" Round
Optics/Sights: Fixed Round Blade Front with Frame Notch Rear 
Stock/Grips: Black Synthetic Grips with Checkering and Colt Logos
Action: Double/Single-Action Revolver
Markings: Standard

Bryant Ridge's Analysis:
In 1889, Colt revolutionized revolver design with the introduction of the world's first double-action, swing-out cylinder revolver. This groundbreaking design was swiftly adopted by the US Navy as the Model of 1889 and later by the US Army as the Model of 1892, marking its immediate military acclaim. Simultaneously, Colt marketed the revolver commercially, where it gained popularity among the public. Over the years, Colt continuously upgraded the design, resulting in successive models like the 1894, 1895, 1896, 1901, and 1903, each denoting significant advancements.

Production ceased in 1907, but during its manufacturing run, both military and commercial models bore serial numbers stamped on the butt in two lines, with military variants additionally marked with "US Army" or "US Navy" stamps. Assembly numbers were also stamped on various parts during manufacturing to ensure proper fitting before final serial numbers were assigned. It's common to find Colt New Army & Navy revolvers where the serial number and military stamps on the butt have been removed, often mistaken for assembly numbers, which are distinct and serve no further purpose once the serial number is applied.

The military models featured a blue finish and smooth walnut grips, with a 6-inch barrel length and chambered in .38 Long Colt. Commercial versions offered finishes in blue and bright nickel, accompanied by black, hard rubber grips featuring molded checkering and the Colt logo. Barrel lengths ranged from 3 inches to 6 inches, and calibers expanded from .38 Long Colt and .41 Long Colt to include .32-20 and .38 Special towards the end of production.

These Colt revolvers are known for their complex actions, prone to malfunctions if mishandled or if parts break. Due to the scarcity of usable parts and a limited number of qualified gunsmiths capable of repairs, owners are advised to handle these firearms with care. The New Army & Navy model distinguishes itself with a counterclockwise cylinder rotation and a right-side frame side plate, contrasting with later Colt revolvers featuring clockwise cylinder rotation and left-side frame side plates.

Originally, the Model 1889 lacked external locking notches on the cylinder, relying on the hand that advanced the cylinder to secure it during firing. This design flaw allowed the cylinder to rotate freely when the action was at rest, potentially causing a misfire if a fired cartridge aligned with the firing pin upon trigger pull. To address this issue, most US Navy Model 1889 revolvers were retrofitted with external cylinder locking notches, similar to those introduced on the upgraded Model 1892, enhancing safety and reliability.

Commercial Model 1889 revolvers were not subjected to this upgrade, making them distinguishable by the absence of external locking notches on the cylinder—a characteristic noted by collectors and enthusiasts familiar with Colt's historical firearms.
As you can see in the many high-resolution photos, this example is in GREAT condition overall for a century-old gun, still retaining most of the original finish! 

Return Policy:
We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 

Shipping Details

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Return Policy

We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 


Additional Details

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