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H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

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Looks like a copy of a Remington 1875, a very poor copy.

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29 minutes ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

 

Found this in Gunbroker.

 

It's not a Colt, but it looks like one.   Only possible serial number is 3.   But even the seller is unsure of what it is.

 

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/923590647

 

It's already been bid up to more than it's worth.  Spanish copy with non-removable grip frame and funky cylinder bushing.  Remington-style trigger guard and strain screw.

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8 minutes ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

Yeah, Frontier Six Shooter is a Colt term.   Looks like the only thing missing is the cylinder pin and ejector spring.  Sounds like it could be made to work.   Might be an interesting addition to the collection.

It's not going to be a deal. Eibar parts can be hard to find. Mexican gun smiths used to do everything in their power to make the buyer think it's real Colt. Even Eibar tried to trick buyers into thinking they were buying the real thing. I assume it's pre-1896 but who knows for certain. It's definitely not .44 special. Colt Frontier Six Shooter barrel should be .44-40 diameter (.429) so if it truely is a .44 cylinder, as stamped on the frame, that could be problematic.

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I am iffy on it.   I'd be willing to send the guy my C&R due to any ambiguity on it's age.   More than likely it is a .44-40, not a Special, and I'd be willing to say no matter what it is, it's a black powder only gun.

I've asked if, other than the missing cylinder pin, it seems to otherwise be functional.   If I can't get a clear yes, I'll pass.

 

Thanks for all the answers.  They have made me cautious.  :)

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33 minutes ago, Crooked River Pete, SASS 43485 said:

I would be afraid it's a scam, low feedback count, says paypal in description. Orrville is not far from me, see if He'll let me look at it, bet he won't

I was thinking the same thing. That or it's an Amish person and doesn't know the rules for firearms and paypal. 

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51 minutes ago, Turkey Flats Jack said:

I was thinking the same thing. That or it's an Amish person and doesn't know the rules for firearms and paypal. 

PayPal and his shipping costs appear to be via USPS with no way to verify when the gun was made. It could be pre-1898 or it may be early 20th century. Lots of eyebrow raising and brow furrowing items to make you say hummmm...

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4 minutes ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

I've decided to pass on it   Maybe if it was all in one piece and working I'd give it a go, but as is it looks like a bad idea.   And the questions as to the sellers confusion do raise some red flags.

Smart choice!  I've done similar and at best broke even.

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