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Colt 45 revolver

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A friend of mine's dad recently passed away. My friend is not interested in guns. He found an old Colt revolver in a shoe box in his dad's closet. He gave me the gun.
On the barrel it is marked "Colt DA 45". The serial # is XX176. In the box were some old 45 LC bullets. The weapon resembles the Colt Double Action New Army, Model 1905, but the front sight is not a round blade, but fin shape like a shark's top dorsil. Is this a civilian verison of the New Army? Could this relvolver shoot 45 LC?
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If this pistol has a lanyard ring in the butt tell us what's marked around it. Is this a swing out cylinder revolver? Are the grips smooth walnut?
From your description I'd guess you have one of the early Colt swing out cylinder revolvers in 45 LC. These revolvers could also be used with 45ACP ammo with half-moon clips. Yours obviously has been modified over the years with civilian checkered grips and removal of the lanyard ring.
IMO: It would be possible to fairly easily restore this revolver to it's original military configuration provided it hasn't been refinished.
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