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Experienced Researchers

Colt Historian Beverly Haynes and her staff of dedicated archivists have decades of historical research experience within the Colt factory records. Their knowledge & work has provided tens of thousands of archive letters for buyers, sellers, and collectors and has been integral in the research process for numerous publications on Colt firearms.

Archive Letters

With shipping records going back to 1861, nearly all Colts, with some exceptions, can be documented with original factory specifications and shipping details.

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As of February 1, 2024, the Colt Archives implemented a modest price increase due to increased operating costs. Our online order form has been updated to reflect these increases, and prices are also available on our PDF price list in the “Order a Letter” section. Orders placed prior to February 1, 2024 will be billed at the old pricing. 

While this was a difficult decision, we pride ourselves on not having increased prices in nearly two decades & look forward to your continued support.

The Colt Archives Team