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Colt 2nd-Gen. 1860 Army, 44 Cal., ~$650 (Grade: A)

Considered by some to be the most graceful of the early Colts, the 1860 Army made a great name for itself in the Civil War. More powerful than the 1851 Navy, the Army fired a heavier ball at nearly the same speed. Blackpowder ballistics at that time may well have exceeded our test results because some of the early powders were far superior to what’s generally available today. How about those grips!

Colt 2nd-Gen. 1860 Army, 44 Cal., ~$650 (Grade: A)

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This 1860 Army, like all of these 2nd-Gen. Colts, come apart the same way. Pull the crosspin just in front of the cylinder, tap it out, and take off the barrel. The cylinder will then come off the axle.
The arrows point to small pins between each of the chambers. This is the 1860, but all three guns have them. The hammers all have a notch that fits over these pins, locking the cylinder in place between chambers. That way you could load all six chambers and carry the gun safely. Some SA reproductions we’ve seen omit these helpful pins.
The front sight is the most obvious alteration to this 1860. It gave us hits dead center at 15 yards. Before this was done, the gun hit 9 inches high at that range. The barrel bluing is on the purple side, not as rich as on the others.
The extended frame screw and the notch just under the loading area in the frame are there to accept a shoulder stock. There's also a notch under the grip on the back strap, which on this 1860 and on originals is made of steel. That notch is for the latch of the shoulder stock. Note the excellent fit of all the parts.
This 1860 Army has been fired a lot, yet there's no rust on it anywhere. The continued use of Ox-Yoke products is the reason why. The owner has fired more than 40 shots at a time without cleaning, with no locking up, no crossfires, and excellent retained accuracy. The curved area in the recoil plate is to let spent caps fall off.