Collectors consider this direct-line descendant from the original Civil War era 1860 Colt. They feel these are more authentic than the 2nd and 3rd generation Colts, finished by Colt. In 1853 Samuel Colt traveled overseas and licensed Belgian gun manufacturers to produce his revolvers. Then one hundred years later, these companies regrouped and began producing this six shooter with modern steel. The new pistols were marketed as 1960 New Model Army and were stamped Made in Belgium. At that time the upcoming centennial of the American Civil War, and no reproductions for re-enactors all pointed to an obvious need. There to answer that need were two important ingredients, original Colt equipment waiting silently in Belgium for nearly a century and a young man by the name of William B. Edwards. Edwards was one of the principals of Centennial Arms Corp. of Chicago. Edwards realized there was a ready market for a second issue of the Colt Army. Edwards entrusted Fabriques de Armes Unies de Li_ge in Belgium with the production of the New Army.
This 1860/1960 NEW MODEL ARMY is mechanically perfect, the finish is near MINT
save for a small blemish on the side of the cylinder from laying on its side. The bore is mint UNFIRED
. The action positive and locks up tight. This gun is serial number (C704). The (C) stands for CIVILIAN MODEL
. The back strap and trigger guard are bright SILVER PLATED.
The the frame, hammer, and loading leaver are color case hardened. To learn more about this gun go to: www.1960nma.org