I have an old revolver by Marlin that is a five-shot, top-break, .38-cal., pocket-size gun. It is said to have belonged to a railroad worker out of Fort Worth, Texas. It is 7" long and weighs about 17 ozs. There is a stamp on the back of the grip frame that reads “U.S. Ex. Co.,” and under the buttplate appears to be its serial number, “19024.”
I have a Colt Single Action Army revolver dated 1902-1903 with the Serial No. 230507. It has a 4¾" barrel, approximately 70 percent bluing and is chambered in .45 Colt. My question is, when did Colt begin putting the Rampant Colt logo onto the cylinder?
When my father retired in 1967, he gave me a Colt revolver. It is stamped “COLT D.A. 38” and has a serial number in two adjacent places: the trigger guard next to the screw and the frame next to the trigger guard: 138XXX or 136XXX. I was told that Billy the Kid carried a Colt double-action revolver. Do you know if that is true?
My father was a private first class in the 17th Airborne Division and made the parachute jump into Germany where he acquired an unusual semi- automatic pistol from a surrendering German SS officer. The gun is marked “DUO” on its stocks.