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Sorry serial number is 174059. All numbers match including wedge . Will I decrease the value if any by replacing nipples and shooting it?
 

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Welcome to Gun and Game. From across the lakes in Ohio.
Shame you do not live in the US, you could just send it to Colt and get it appraised, and certified for under a hundred.
There are a few fellows around here, that know those old Colts. A lot of people are in different time zones. Give it a day tops and I am sure you will have plenty of replies.
My self I know how to work and care for them but not much as far as Identification, year and such.
 

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Welcome to Gun and Game. Form across the lakes in Ohio.
There are a few fellows around here, that know those old Colts. A lot of people are form different time zones. Give it a day tops and I am sure you will have plenty of replies.
My self I know how to work and care for them but not much as far as Identification, year and such.
Thank you , in the meantime do I lightly give it a small wipe of oil ? Or store it dry ?
 

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Can use pretty much any regular gun oil for short term, just stay off that old wood, with anything but Renaissance Wax.
Until you get some. You can use pretty much any " regular" gun oil, on the metal.
Good to clean the metal with alcohol to remove any oil before Waxing. But again, on the old wood, alcohol and oil best kept off it .
That wood should only get either Carnauba or Renaissance Wax, if you are looking at preserving as is.
 

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Canadian eh?
Welcome to G&G from Alaska.

You need to send that old wood box of junk up here to Alaska. I will secure it in cold storage, while keeping safe from the Canadian government. ;)
 

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Well it’s only a matter of time till Canadian govt takes what’s left away of our guns . I might try and post some pics of gun from different angles. I was told some repros can look just as good as an authentic Colt. This was the gun I and my cousins used to wear in a holster walking around grandpas house as toddlers . Came my way as pure luck. If fake it sure feels good in my hand when watching ( the outlaw Josey Whales) or ( Pale Rider ). Grandpa once owned a general store in Watertown Alberta back in the 30s . This and many other artifacts were brought in by the First Nations at that time in trade for goods. I will post pics ASAP . Could be a repro , maybe someone can give an educated opinion . thank you.
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Well it’s only a matter of time till Canadian govt takes what’s left away of our guns . I might try and post some pics of gun from different angles. I was told some repros can look just as good as an authentic Colt. This was the gun I and my cousins used to wear in a holster walking around grandpas house as toddlers . Came my way as pure luck. If fake it sure feels good in my hand when watching ( the outlaw Josey Whales) or ( Pale Rider ). Grandpa once owned a general store in Watertown Alberta back in the 30s . This and many other artifacts were brought in by the First Nations at that time in trade for goods. I will post pics ASAP . Could be a repro , maybe someone can give an educated opinion . thank you. View attachment 165623 View attachment 165624 View attachment 165625 View attachment 165626 View attachment 165627 View attachment 165628
If that was brought in back in the 30s I am going to guess it might just be an original. I don't think they were making repros back then. If there are other markings on it, might be worth sending detailed pics to Colt.
 

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Nice! Patina looks good, don't ever aggressively clean it! Holster wear at the muzzle shows it's many decades of use.
 

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Grandpa once owned a general store in Watertown Alberta back in the 30s . This and many other artifacts were brought in by the First Nations at that time in trade for goods.
There were some American outlaws that came north into the Waterton area back in the day. You should do some heavy research. What you might find could be real interesting.

FYI: It's considered good form to introduce yourself here before asking for free opinions on gun values on the appropriate forum. Welcome.
 

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nice gun
 
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Your 1851 looks original and with the serail # you gave it looks like it was made in 1863...here is a site that lists Colt serial #s by model
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Must be awesome to own such a cherished piece of history. Keep it no matter what. Hard to believe even Canada would bust balls over black powder guns. What idiots.
 

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Thank you to everyone who has given some input and well heeded advice . Shout out to Michigan as thats where i was born . Seems there is always the stickler who insists on introductions first and ( this is not the sight for free apraisals) i am not after any free apraisals as the value is sentimental . Ive only asked if shooting it ruins the value . When people are new to a forum they dont always know the rules .
at the risk of pissing off those who demand conformaty i understand the 1851 came with a 71/2 inch barrel, mine is just under 61/2 ? Can this be all holster wear ? Also is there a chance this gun might have been used in the Civil War ? Once again you guys are great and i appreciate the input .
 

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it seems real but u should check the serial number of a gun to be sure
 
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