For us Outsiders, some of our favorite finds on Pawn Stars have been historical items that paint a picture of our nation. From cookware to jewelry to firearms, each of these items shares a bit about our past triumphs and trepidations. So, naturally, when the owner of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Rick Harrison, came face to face with a rare Civil War-era Union Army Colt .44, we were all ears.
The Civil War brought about some of the most tumultuous and bloodiest times that our nation has ever seen. However, it also spurred the inspiration to rethink our weapons in a more efficient and modern manner. This is exactly the story that the revolver in Harrison’s shop told. According to the Pawn Stars owner’s firearm expert, Joe Ashman, Colt started making this specific model in the 1860s, and the one he had in front of him clocked in at 1863, halfway through the nation’s deadliest war. The gun was revolutionary compared to other firearms of the era, as it featured a lighter design and was easier to use.
“This would have been like having a Glock today,” Ashman told the Pawn Stars crew.
Of course, this was music to the seller’s ears, who was hoping to get $3,500 for the revolver.
Watch Ashman’s breakdown of the firearm in the clip below.
‘Pawn Stars’ Crew Takes Rare Revolver to the Range
Complete with an authentic manufacturer stamp, the Civil War Colt .44 was an impressive find. However, much of its value still depended on whether the gun could still fire. So, with the current owner’s permission, the group relocated to a nearby gun range.
Because the owner of the gun had never fired it before, Pawn Stars guest Joe Ashman had to take a few precautionary measures. Once he deemed the weapon safe to use, he loaded all six cylinders with the black powder, lead balls and percussion caps. But there was one additional ingredient that amazed both the Pawn Stars cast and the customer – grease. Ashman smeared the lard-like substance, the same that they used “back in the day” – over top of the bullets in order to keep the Colt from chain firing, or firing more than one cylinder at a time.
Much to everyone’s satisfaction, the revolver fired beautifully. Ashman sank all six bullets into the target downrange, hitting the head, chest and stomach.
“It’s a nice shooting gun,” Ashman told the Pawn Stars cast. “I’d be really happy to own that gun, myself.”
Without further delay, the firearm expert marked the value of the historical gun at $3,000 – $500 less than the owner originally hoped for. Harrison haggled down the price to $2,300 before he and the customer shook hands and parted ways.