Nice example of a Colt New Army Revolver. Standard 6" barrel, blued finish, in .38 Colt. Antique serial number is in the 69,000 range. Made in 1896. This is a Civilian Model with hard rubber grips...although many were purchased privately by American soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War in Cuba and the Philippines. Colt had no fewer than five styles of grips used on their early New Army and Navy Revolvers. This one has a pair of hard rubber "Army" style hard rubber grips with the rampant colt with the desirable "1892" designation. Even though by 1896, the New Army design had been improved beyond the Model "1892" designation, Colt still had plenty of these early style grips with "1892" dates on hand and continued to use them well into the late 1890's. These grips are original to this gun and have matching assembly numbers to the rest of the components. Barrel has the correct 1884, 1888, and 1895 patent dates.
Overall Condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent with 94% bright original blue overall. Trigger and screws still retain most of their original fire blue. Hammer still shows 80% of its bright polish on the profiles with 75% bright fire blue on top. Checkered hard rubber grips are excellent with sharp checkering. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Action cycles perfectly in DA and SA modes. Fine bore. A very solid high condition example of an early Colt DA Revolver.