Colt Walker Revolver B-49. All Colt collectors are aware that Samuel Colt's first success in selling revolvers in quantity to the U.S. Government was the Walker Model 1847. Known for its power at delivering .44 caliber shots in a quick six while producing a powerful recoil when fired, the gun was enormous. This example, B-Company Number 49 is a rare and desirable martially marked Colt Walker with standard 9" barrel, brass trigger guard, iron back-strap, and one piece walnut grips. I'm going to start out my description by saying that from the breech end of the barrel back to the heel of the grip, this is unquestionably one of the top 20 Walkers known to exist. The cylinder is well marked, showing pros. 80% of its original cylinder scene. The Company number is perfectly clear and the Ormsby signature is still present, as is the pressure roll and most of the Dragoon and Indian characters. The frame and butt-plate are also well-marked, and the grips are outstanding showing strong traces of the original cartouche on the left panel and visible WAT on the right (slightly obscured). The barrel is properly marked "B COMPANY No 49" on left side of the lug and in 2 lines "U.S./1847" on the right side, but is a modern replacement. One will often encounter a Walker with one of the two main components replaced, the cylinder or the barrel. Cylinders usually burst due to the quality of steel, and the barrel likely due to getting a first shot stuck in the bore for lack of good quality powder or underload, followed by a second firing that when hitting the previous ball already stuck in the barrel, developed instantaneous pressure that blew out the barrel. If I had to choose which of these two components remain as original on a restored Walker, I would prefer the cylinder. When in the company of some of the greatest Colt Dealers and Collectors in the hobby, I have never heard a single one exclaim, "WOW, what a great barrel!" However when present, I have often heard many say, "WOW, what a great cylinder scene!", and the scene on this gun is outstanding. The front of the frame between the barrel locator pins is marked "49". The number "49" is also observed on the bottom of the cylinder arbor, on the inside left side of the trigger guard, and inside the grips. The correct number "489" is clear on back of cylinder. If the barrel on this gun were original, I could easily sell this revolver for $300,000 plus. However, we know that's not going to happen in this scenario. What I can say, is that this gun is priced quite fairly, and someone that wants an original Walker but doesn't want to spend the price of a small home on one should take note of this gun. I think it would hammer at $65,000 - $70,000 at auction, and then a buyer would have to pay a buyers premium of $15 - 25% on top of that. I think my price is quite reasonable.