Colt New Service

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The Colt New Service was produced for government contracts and civilian sales between 1898 and 1944. It came in a plethora of popular calibers available during its lengthy production run and was also available in a number of finishes and barrel lengths. The revolver was most commonly chambered in a variety of .45 caliber rounds, including ACP and Colt. It served American forces during the First World War and accompanied many police officers in their duties throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

They were built in .45 Colt,.45 ACP, .44-40, .44 Russian, .38-40, .38 Special, .455 Webley, .41 Colt and, eventually, .357 Magnum. The most numerous model was that in .455 Webley for issue to the British military in World War 1. The US Army also used the New Service in .45 Colt as the M1909, adopted temporarily to replace the failed series of .38 Long Colt revolvers used since 1889, until the semi-automatic M1911 pistol then under testing was ready for service. A variant chambered in .45ACP using half-moon clips, the M1917, would be introduced during World War I to supplement short supplies of M1911s. Over 151,000 were delivered - the largest variant in New Service production of approximately 356,000.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP. The Army adopted a version of the New Service, the Colt M1917, with plain wooden grips and a lanyard ring in WWI.
Colt New Service Revolver - .45 LC. The military version of this revolver is the M1909 (also chambered for .45 Long Colt)
Model 1909 Colt Army Revolver - .45 LC. This model is stamped "Property of U.S. Government" under barrel and "M1909" on front bottom of grip strap. Grips not original - US issue bore plain uncheckered walnut.
Colt New Service Revolver with Ivory Grips - .38-40.
Colt New Service - .44-40
New Service chambered in .455 Eley.
Colt New Service - .45 caliber
Colt New Service - .41 Colt
Nickel Colt New Service Revolver - .45 LC.
Colt New Service Model 1917 "Fitz Special". Modified by modern gunsmith Andy Horvarth




  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .45 Colt, .455 Webley,.45 ACP, .44-40, .44 Special, .44 Russian .38-40, .357 Magnum, .38 Spl, others
  • Weight: Various
  • Length: Various
  • Barrel length(s):(Factory standard with lengths over and under available by special order) 4",4.5".5",5.5",6".7.5"
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Colt New Service revolver can be seen in the following films and television shows used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Thug 2010
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Robbery Suspec t 2010
Public Enemies Sioux Falls vigilante 2009
Anaconda Danny Trejo 1997
Last Man Standing Multiple characters 1996
The Quest Louis Mandylor Riggi 1996
The Quest Emilio Migliozzi Riggi's henchman 1996
Devil in a Blue Dress Tom Sizemore Dewitt Albrigh t 1995
Batman Forever David U. Hodges Shooter 1995
Arizona Dream Johnny Depp Axel Blackmar 1993
Arizona Dream Lili Taylor Grace Stalker 1993
Red Rock West Timothy Carhart Deputy Matt Greytack 1993
Beyond the Law Brian Law Young Dan Saxton 1992
Of Mice and Men Gary Sinise George 1992
Of Mice and Men Richard Riehle Carlson 1992
Deep Cover Glynn Turman Russell Stevens Sr. 1992
Let Him Have It Paul Reynolds Chris Craig .455 British Service with short barrel 1991
Mobsters Nicholas Sadler Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll 1991
Miller's Crossing Albert Finney Leo O'Bannon 1990
Miller's Crossing Gabriel Byrne Tom Reagan 1990
Batman Jack Nicholson Jack Napier/The Joker 1989
Mississippi Burning Brad Dourif Deputy Clinton Pell Bone carved grip 1988
The Untouchables Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers 1987
Death Wish 3 Gang Members 1985
Yes, Madam! (Huang jia shi jie) Robber 1985
Under Fire Nicaraguan Rebels 1983
Death Hunt Andrew Stevens RCMP Contable Adams 1981
Death Hunt Lee Marvin RCMP Sergeant Millen 1981
Airplane! 1980
Death on the Nile Mia Farrow Jacqueline de Bellefort 1978
The Muthers John Montgomery "Turko" 1976
The Last Hard Men Charlton Heston Sam Burgade 1976
The Last Hard Men Michael Parks Sheriff Noel Nye 1976
The Last Hard Men Thalmus Rasulala George Weed 1976
The Last Hard Men Christopher Mitchum Hal Brickman 1976
The Wind and the Lion Steve Kanaly U.S. Marine Corp Capt. Jerome 1975
Bite The Bullet Gene Hackman Sam Clayton 1975
Dillinger Harry Dean Stanton Homer Van Meter 1973
Dillinger Warren Oates John Dillinger 1973
The Man from Acapulco (Le Magnifique) Jean-Paul Belmondo Bob Saint-Clair Suppressed 1973
The Man from Acapulco (Le Magnifique) Jacqueline Bisset Tatiana 1973
Prime Cut Gregory Walcott Weenie 1972
Dirty Money Bank teller 1972
Manhunt in Milan (La mala ordina) Woody Strode Frank Webster 1972
The Wild Bunch Albert Dekker Pat Harrigan 1969
No Blade Of Grass Nigel Davenport John Custance 1970
You Can't Win 'Em All Charles Bronson Josh Corey 1970
100 Rifles Jim Brown Lyedecker 1969
The Professionals Jack Palance Jesus Raza 1966
The Professionals Robert Ryan Hans Ehrengard 1966
The Heroes of Telemark Kirk Douglas Dr. Rolf Pedersen 1965
Viva Maria! Carlos López Moctezuma Ródriguez 1965
Viva Maria! Mexican soldiers 1965
Viva Maria! Mexican rebels 1965
Lonely Are the Brave Walter Matthau Sheriff Morey Johnson 1962
Pretty Boy Floyd John Ericson Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd 1960
The Nuremberg Express Miroslav Homola Agent Nowak 1954
Son of Paleface Roy Rogers Roy Barton with a stock and rifle's barrel 1952
Gun Crazy Peggy Cummins Annie Laurie Starr 1950
White Heat Jarrett Gang member 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Bandits 1949
The Paleface Thug 1948
Raw Deal (1948) Curt Conway Spider 1948
The Big Sleep Denver Pyle Frank Hamer 1946
Dillinger Lawrence Tierney John Dillinger 1945
Dillinger Marc Lawrence Doc Madison 1945
The Fighting Seabees Japanese officers 1944
Air Force Japanese officers 1943
Somewhere in France Various characters 1942
Went the Day Well? David Farrar Lieutenant Jung a.k.a. Lieutenant Maxwell 1942
Went the Day Well? Johnnie Schofield Joe Garbett 1942
Went the Day Well? Valerie Taylor Nora Ashton 1942
Went the Day Well? Extras British Army/Home Guard Soldiers 1942
Went the Day Well? Extras German Paratroopers 1942
Satan Met a Lady Maynard Holmes Kenneth 1936
Heroes for Sale railroad detective 1933
The Gold Rush Tom Murray Black Larsen 1925
The Gold Rush bounty hunters 1925


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Dragnet "The Shooting Board" (S2E21) 1967 - 1970
M*A*S*H Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret Houlihan "The Gun" (S04E13) 1975
M*A*S*H Larry Linville Maj. Frank Burns "The Gun" (S04E13) 1975
The Greatest American Hero Red West Cliff 1981 - 1983
Reilly: Ace of Spies Celia Gregory Nadia Massino 1983
Lonesome Dove Bandito 1989
Rough Riders William Katt Edward Marshall 1997
The X-Files - Season 7 Eric Nenninger Jared Chirp "Signs and Wonders" (S7E09) 2000
Band of Brothers Matthew Leitch Floyd "Tab" Talbert 2001
Firefly Matthew Ferreira Nathaniel Grange "Safe" (S01E05) 2002
Mail Call R. Lee Ermey Himself 2002 - 2009
Foyle's War - Season 2 Laurence Fox Simon Walker "War Games" (S2E03) 2003
Foyle's War - Season 3 Nigel Terry Hugh Jackson "They Fought in the Fields" (S3E03) 2004
The Unit Various characters 2006 - 2009
Boardwalk Empire Gangsters 2010 -
The Pacific Joseph Mazzello Eugene Sledge 2010
Falling Skies - Season 1 Drew Roy Hal Mason "The Armory" (S1E02) 2011 -
Revolution - Season 1 "Chained Heat" (S1E02) 2012
Longmire - Season 1 Robert Taylor Walt Longmire "A Damn Shame" (S1E03), mocked up as Single Action Army 2012

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Red Dead Redemption Double Action Revolver 2010
Fallout: New Vegas Police Pistol Dead Money DLC 2012

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