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Price Reduced

For Sale:  Colt New Service Model of 1917 US Army Revolver


I have a Colt New Service Model of 1917 revolver with 5.5 inch barrel chambered in .45ACP for sale.  It will also chamber and shoot the .45 Auto Rimmed.


Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. most finish wear is in the barrel and grip straps which show discoloration from oxidation. There is some light erosion toward the muzzle-end of the barrel. There is some other scattered more minor oxidation and some scattered minor nicks and scratches. The action shows operational wear including a thin turn-line on the cylinder. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has no play with the trigger depressed on all chambers. The single action trigger pull is crisp and the double action is smooth. 

Serial Number: Government Serial Number on the butt: 71694.  Factory Serial Number on crane: 227628.

Year of Manufacture: 1919

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT D.A. 45”, the top is marked "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT'D AUG. 5, 1884. JUNE 5, 1900. JULY 4. 1905". The crane cut is marked "227628". The crane is marked “227628”. The left trigger guard bow is marked with a "3". The butt is marked "U.S. / ARMY / MODEL / 1917 / No / 71 / 694". The side-plate has a rampant colt. The left of the frame above the side-plate is marked with an eagle's head over "S19" acceptance mark. The bottom of the barrel is marked ""UNITED STATES PROPERTY"". 

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panels. The grips have light handling wear with scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition. 

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Some History: With America's entry into WWI, it was found that Colt could not produce enough Model 1911 pistols for the U.S. Army. Some .38 revolvers were distributed to rear echelon troops, guard, and the Navy, but the Army also wanted some commercial revolver production to be used for a revolver capable of using the same ammunition as the 1911 semi-auto. Both Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector and Colt New Service revolvers chambered for .45 ACP were approved as substitute standard and designated the Model 1917. Colt's M1917 was built on the same large frame as the Colt New Service revolver, making for a very rugged service revolver. This example is in Very Good condition with much of its original finish remaining, a good bore and strong mechanics. A nice example of Colt's Model 1917 revolver, this will add to a Great War small arms, Colt or early 20th Century revolver collection.


Please look at the numerous photos to make your own assessment of this revolver.


Price: $1250 $1095 shipped to your FFL

Sorry, no sales to California because I do not have a local dealer who will ship there.


Thank you for looking.


Professor Thoreau

SASS Life #2611
































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