This Colt 1901 was manufactured in 1902! The Colt 1901 was a slightly modified version of the Colt 1892 “New Army and Navy” revolver.
The first model in this early DA revolver was the Model 1889 “New Navy” which went through several modifications, including the Models 1892, 1994, 1896, 1901, and finally the 1903.
These were the first Swing-out cylinder double action revolvers ever made, and Colt revolutionized revolvers with the new design. S&W wouldn’t get their first swing-out DA on the market until 1896.These were the “grand daddy” of all the Colt DA revolvers that followed, and the basic design was made up until the Colt Python was discontinued in 2004.
This 1901 is a genuine US military issue model, as indicated by the stamps on the butt.
Original grips on the 1901 were hard, black (Gutta Percha) rubber with molded checkering, the Colt Pony in a circle at the top, the word COLT, and sometimes a date.
This revolver has aftermarket faux-pearl grip panels. J.T.T. could only mean John Taliaferro Thompson, designer and father of the famous submachine gun that bears his name.
He was a U.S. Government arms inspector before becoming famous for his sub-machine gun.
The US Army and Navy bought large quantities of these revolvers in a now obsolete .38 Long cartridge.
It was this design Colt and the .38 Long cartridge that failed in the Philippines and led to the adoption of the Model 1911 .45 Automatic.
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