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Offline smitty

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Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:31:07 AM »
Just picked this up a while back. On one side of barrel it reads THE SPESCO CORP. ATLANTA GEORGIA. Other side reads CAL 36 MODEL NAVY 1851 MADE IN ITALY.  Under the loading lever is the DGG monogram from Armi San Paolo. Has 5 digit serial number. I cannot find a date code or any proofmarks. Is this unusual? Only thing I could find on Spesco was they were an importer of various arms in the 70s and the Dixie Gun Works sold Spesco marked revolvers.
 Revolver is in great condition. There was a bit of dirt around the nipples when i got it but it doesnt appear to have been fired much if at all. Anyone have any ideas about the manufacture date or lack of proof marks?

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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 09:41:12 AM »
Hi smitty, maybe you have a kit gun?
Can you post up any pictures?

Most kit gun s didn't have any dates on them...what I was told.
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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2014, 11:49:57 AM »
most kit revolvers still have proof marks, though, don't they?

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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2014, 02:38:50 PM »
My two kit guns do have the PN proof for black powder. Here is my Pietta '51 that I cut down:


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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2014, 07:52:07 PM »
There was a while someone was putting proof marks on unfired BP guns, not sure how you get one without a proof mark unless it was hand made like my father-in-law used to do.
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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2014, 02:01:45 AM »

Well its made by Armi San Paolo. Dont know if they made kit guns or not? should have proof marks either way I would think.

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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 02:07:47 AM »
Found a tidbit of information saying that Spesco was a forerunner of or had something to do with Taurus in Brazil. Still trying to figure out why no date or proofs on my revolver.

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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2014, 02:36:44 PM »
Here's mine with a date code: XXVI

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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015, 04:25:36 PM »
Here's mine with a date code: XXVI

  XXVI should be 1970, per the weblink "Unraveling the mystery of icons"  "Modern blackpowder proofmarks" that someone sent me on another forum. Good info at that link. Google the titles, and let us know if it helps.   OVJ
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Re: Spesco 1851 Colt Navy Revolver
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2015, 05:16:34 PM »
Thanks, Joe.

The real challenge with this pistol is that 3 of the cylinders accept .380 RB's and the other three accept .375 RB's. You can see it  by eye, weird.

The bore in this one is superb, maybe it'll get parted out, except for the frame of course.   M__

This is the pistol that did a chainfire mechanically when I first shot it. The only two that did not fire were the two on the right side where you cap the pistol where the nipples were too far away from the frame.  It is a Brass frame that has installed a steel ring (soldered in washer) that the cylinder now rubs up against. This spaces the nipples away from the frame just enough to shoot reliably.  And fixes the cylinder gap.

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