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U.S. Colt Model 1895 New Navy British Proofed .38 Revolver 1904 Production


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varifleman

Here for your perusal is my Colt New Navy Model 1895 .38 Long Colt serial number 225854 1904 production which after USN service received British proofs; maybe shipped to UK during WWI or a WWII British Purchasing Commission bought pistol? The butt is marked "U.S.N" with an anchor, ".38 D.A.", "S" in triangle, "No / 15 / 478 / J.L.S. / 225 / 854; 15478 is the Navy Property Number; J.L.S. is Lt J. L. Sticht USN inspector for Colt Model 1895 .38LC revolvers 1895-1904 and 225854 is the Colt Production serial number.

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Very cool! Navy marked Military guns are hard to come by. Nice find!

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Brian Keith

 

Ditto to what Scottz63 said, interesting it spent some time in Britain, I've not heard about US pre-WW I era handguns purchased by England during any of the emergencies. But never say never. It is possible is was purchased privately then made it's way back to the states. Very nice find.

Thanks for posting it.

BKW

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Pretty neat.  I have one M1894 (original), and two M1896s, one has been rebuilt prior to 1901, and one in excellent working condition but most of the marks are very faint thanks to too much cleaning.

These were well used, and rebuilt multiple times.  I assume that some made it to England during WW1, it might be useful to see if the markings can be traced to that era.

Thanks for putting it on display.

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Brian Keith
21 hours ago, varifleman said:

Maybe it was sent to the UK under this program:image.png.371cbdc5fc2423051ef0634ca39e917d.png

 

 

 

 

Excellent Post! That is very plausible. I seem to recall reading arms in this program were collected up post war and destroyed. 

 

BKW

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