The army of the frontier often found that American Indian scouts were a necessity in locating hostile bands, thus many units throughout the Western territories employed them. To aid in keeping their revolvers in working order, nickel plated firearms, which better resisted the corrosive effects of black powder, were issued to Indian scouts. With the exception of being nickel plated, these 1873 models were identical to those pistols issued to the troopers, including the government inspector's cartouche and other markings, U.S. stamping on the frame and walnut stocks. In the hands of these able trackers, the nickeled scout revolvers proved to be effective sidearms.
Cimarron's U.S. Cavalry Scout Model is an authentic copy of the 1873 single-action revolvers issued to these brave warriors in blue, reproduced directly from one of our antique collection's original firearms. Like the troopers' 7th Cavalry Model, this 7 1/2-inch barreled, .45 Colt caliber, full nickel-plated peacemaker-styled sixgun bears the OWA cartouche of 1870s military inspector Orville W. Ainsworth on the walnut grip. Other government proof and inspector's markings are stamped in the proper locations, as well as the 2-line patent dates, the U.S. stamp on the frame, and uses blued screws and cylinder base pin.