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What year is a .22 caliber Colt Huntsman with a serial number 130821C?

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Searching the serial number on the Colt website shows the year of manufacture to be 1943. The "c" at the end of the serial number means it was for commercial distribution, because this pistol was made for both military and civilian users.

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Colt weapons were created by Sam Colt, who patented the first revolving cylinder firearm in 1836, and the first Colt plant was built in Paterson, N.J. Colt did not see immediate success and began bankruptcy proceedings in 1842, but the Mexican War in 1846 helped resurrect the company. Sam Colt is known for opening the first American manufacturing plant in England in 1851.

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