View Full Version : Check out my new Colt 1894..

01-02-2011, 5:23 PM
Guy says it's an antique, any way to be sure form the serial/.mil acceptance marks?
(last thing I want to do is receive a pistol made post 1898 across state lines etc)


01-02-2011, 5:37 PM
What cartridge does it shoot?

Did you google the serial number?

Congrats on the acquisition.

01-02-2011, 6:24 PM
post all but the last 2 digits of the serial # and i'll tell you what year it is.

01-02-2011, 7:24 PM

Go here for Colt production dates.

01-03-2011, 6:02 AM
Models 1892, 94, 95, 96, 1901, 1903
New Army & New Navy

1892 started @ serial # 1
1893 started @ serial # 10000
1894 started @ serial # 11300
1895 started @ serial # 15100
1896 started @ serial # 68000
1897 started @ serial # 77000
1898 started @ serial # 91200
1899 started @ serial # 115000

Hope this helps.


01-03-2011, 8:02 AM
This is a model 1894 with a serial number K5641



Doesn't appear to fall into any range (particularly with the K prefix)

01-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Small parts like the cylinder latch seldom have the complete serial number. The number under the lanyard loop would be the complete one. I have purchased many "pre 1898" handguns only to later find they were post 1898 production. I have never had a problem registering them to my name in the state. I don't think the state even checks, it is a C&R in any event and has no trouble being transferred. Other states do not "register" handguns anyway. I did read that a K was assigned to a "replacement" part. Renaldo A Carr (RAC) inspected Colt's for the military intil 1903

01-03-2011, 1:13 PM
So I see it as 5641 putting it in 1892
but the M1894, didn't exist in 1892!

01-03-2011, 3:30 PM
Maby an arsenal refinished M1892 that was repaired, upgraded with the Felton mechanism and remarked as an 1894. Many M1892's were upgraded to the Felton lock work. The entire series had sequential serial numbers so that may be the answer, it was remarked as an 1894 to indicate the upgrade.

01-03-2011, 6:02 PM
Got me stumped. My little date book by R.L. Wilson has no mention of a "K" prefix on these guns. :confused:

01-03-2011, 7:24 PM
Got me stumped. My little date book by R.L. Wilson has no mention of a "K" prefix on these guns. :confused:

The K prefix was on replacement parts attached to the gun. Not the actual serial number.