A Nice looking Piece!
The COLT NEW DA ARMY/NAVY model first began manufacture in 1892 and was made for both services with walnut stocks and sold commercially with black rubber grips. It underwent several changes for improvements and when sold to the government had six different models: 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1901and 1903. These Colt revolvers were the first swing-out cylinder double action revolvers ever made, and revolutionized revolvers with the new design. S&W wouldn’t get their first swing-out DA on the market until 1896. Although there were slight changes to the revolver over the years, the largest complaint was not in its mechanics but with its chambering in .38 Long Colt as used by the Army. Reports from the Philippines campaign regarding the poor performance of the M1892’s .38 Colt ammunition (users complained that the .38 bullet repeatedly failed to stop charging enemy tribesmen at close ranges, even when hit multiple times) caused the U.S. Army to hurriedly issue stocks of .45 caliber revolvers, and played a central role in its decision to replace the M1892 with the .45 Colt M1909 New Service revolver in 1909.