Condition: VERY GOOD Comments: Rare Colt 1878 DA frontier Canadian ministry of militia and defence. .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ (190mm) barrel, full front sight, 1-line block letter address. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Colt hard rubber grips, lanyard swivel in the butt. Left front side of frame is stamped “258.MD”. (Canadian markings). Very good condition. #363
According to an article by John Fera which appeared in the June 1997 issue of The Gun Report, John Fera, in 1885 Canada was in turmoil with a full scale rebellion in Northwest Territories led by Louis Riel. Just prior to the beginning of the rebellion, the Canadian Government realizing that the rebellion was imminent began looking to the Militia to augment the Royal Canadian Northwest Mounted Police (RCMP) to suppress this rebellion. They realized that the Militia was poorly armed with Civil War surplus Spencer rifles and obsolete Colt 1851 Navy revolvers. They ordered that the Militia arms be immediately updated before the rebellion became a reality. This was the responsibility of the Department Of Militia & Defence. That department contacted the New York firm of Hartley & Graham to furnish 1001 Colt Model 1878 DA revolvers in cal .45 Colt with nickel finish. 1001 revolvers purchased all fall within the serial range 8731 to 14996. Serial Number: 12084 Make: Colt Model: 1878 DA frontier Calibre/Gauge: .45 Action: Revolver Scope/Sights: Open Location : VIC Licence No. : 40048420 Seller's Phone : 0409210057 Transferring Dealer : All firearm transfers must be conducted using a licenced firearms dealer.