Archive Services

The Colt Archive Letter

Considered one of the most unique and prestigious services offered by Colt, the Archive Letter is universally recognized as an unparalleled investment in firearms collecting. The Archive Department will search through Colt’s vast archives to provide you with accurate and documented details confirming the original specifications and delivery of your particular Colt firearm. You will then receive a personal letter outlining all of the fine points of your firearm, written on Archives Department’s distinctive stationery, embossed with the official seal and signature of the Colt Historian.

Whether your Colt is a treasured family heirloom or a more recent purchase, a Colt Archive Letter can provide fascinating valuable information of historical or anecdotal importance. The collectible value of your Colt is often greatly enhanced when it is authenticated in this exceptional fashion.

Colt Archive Letters can provide descriptive details about custom engraving and other special features that will ensure the value of the firearm for future generations to treasure.

Click below to view samples of actual Archive Letters (please note that the specific information contained in the records for each individual firearm varies).
Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3

These letters are for demonstration purposes only. The precise archive letter format may vary depending on the model and the specifics of what is contained in the shipping records.


The Colt Archives Department is currently closed for the holidays and will be reopening on January 2nd, 2018.  During this time, expedited research services will be unavailable.  All expedited requests will be promptly processed upon our return.  Thank You.

To place your order online using our secure form, click here.

To place your order by phone using a credit card, contact the Archive Department at the number listed below. Model and serial number information is necessary when placing your order.

You can also submit your request by mail. Simply download and fill out the “Colt Archives Specification Sheet” and submit with your payment. Payment options and instructions are located at the bottom of this form.

Click here to see our Archive Services Price List.

Archive Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What type of information would be provided on an archive letter?
2. Do you provide values or appraisals?
3. Will the archive letter increase the value of my firearm?
4. Will the archive letter tell me what ammunition I should use in my firearm?
5. Can you tell me how many of my firearm were produced?
6. The specifications for my firearm on my archive letter do not match my firearms current configuration. Why?
7. If my firearm was sent back to the factory for work after its initial shipment, will that be included on my archive letter?
8. I want to know the individual owners of my firearm. Will the archive letter tell me this?
9. The dates stamped on my firearm do not match the date on the archive letter. Why?
10. There are markings on my gun that are not addressed in the archive letter. Why?
11. Will the archive letter tell me the type of original packaging my firearm was shipped with, and can I buy packaging?
12. Do you have information on fully automatic firearms, such as M16’s, Thompson submachine guns, or BAR rifles?
13. How long does it take to receive my archive letter once I order?

To contact Colt Archive Services directly:

Phone: (800) 962-(Colt) 2658 ext. 1343
Fax:   (860) 244-1439

  • Paul Szymaszek- Historical Research Assistant - ext. 1849