This Antique Colt Revolving Rifle is one of those items that gives me great pleasure to present to my customers, especially those that are well-versed in rare Colt variations. Although a novice may pass this off as "just" a Colt Revolving Rifle, it is in fact extremely rare and particularly difficult to find in anything other than "good" condition. This is a 44 caliber full-stock rifle that is martially marked to include full sub-inspections and cartouches on its stock. Classified as a First Model Military Rifle, it is in wonderfully untouched condition with perhaps 40 - 50% aged original military blue mixing with an exquisite, deep, blue-brown patina on it's barrel. The frame shows 40 - 50% vivid military blue mixing with the same patina. The screws are near perfect, showing little evidence that they have ever been accosted by a screwdriver. The butt-stock is near excellent, showing the entire outline of a cartouche with difficult to discern initials to its left wrist marking and a near perfect "WAT" cartouche on the right wrist. The upper tang shows a "Colts" over "Patent" over "US", with no other "Colt" markings or patents on any other metal parts as described in Wilson & Sutherlands book as features of the earliest government ordered Rifles together with its unusual, early tang spurs. Single initial sub-inspector marks on all appropriate parts. There is some chippage to the bottom of the fore-end for about 13" from the muzzle back, a phenomenon that is often seen on this particular model due to the tight fit of the cleaning rod and occurs when returning it to its home position in haste. I have only seen a handfull of these guns offered on the market over a nearly 30 year period, with almost all examples showing a grey patina with NO ORIGINAL FINISH. Of those guns, the lowest priced gun was cleaned to the white revealing pitting over its entire surface. It sold for nearly $10,000.00. This gun is in the 3XX serial range and it is thought that there were fewer than 350 manufactured for the military, making it one of the rarest, lowest production Hartford-made martial arms. Examples are known in the West Point Museum as well as some of the finest collections in the world. If you are a collector of Colt Martial Arms, this is an exceptional specimen and it would be difficult to improve upon this example.