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1862 CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1862 POLICE Revolver Sleek, Original 5-Shot .36 Caliber Cap & Ball Pistol!
1862 CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1862 POLICE Revolver
Sleek, Original 5-Shot .36 Caliber Cap & Ball Pistol!
Here we present an antique Colt 1862 Police Percussion Revolver, made in 1862 in Hartford, Connecticut. Its introduction was an attempt to fill a niche in the market for a pocket revolver suited for civilians and police of a larger caliber (.36) than the 1849 Pocket Revolver (.31). Much as the Colt 1851 Navy was a scaled-up version of the 1849 Pocket, the 1862 Police was a scaled down version of the 1861 Navy, which was a scaled down version of the 1860 Army. The result was a sleek, stylish and light, 5-shot pocket revolver in .36 caliber.
Collectors today largely view these as the climax of the development of the percussion revolver. Unfortunately for Colt, the commercial market for the 1862 Police was overshadowed by cartridge revolvers. As a result, production was quite limited by Colt’s standards, and of those that were produced it is estimated that 70% of these were converted to cartridge firearms. These factors make the 1862 Police Revolver in its original percussion format quite scarce for collectors today.
This one is one of the earlier production with a serial number in the 14xxx range. The barrel bears Colt’s New York address.
The overall condition is near fine. 40% of the original blue finish remains with the remainder turning plum with age. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The walnut grips show honest edge wear and are in very good condition. The bore is clean with sharp rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a superior example of Samuel Colt’s most coveted percussion revolvers!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 6-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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