Pistol / Hand GunsRevolverUsed£ 3,750
This is a scarce and interesting revolver for several reasons.
The Colt 1862 Police revolver was a hybridisation of the small frame 1849 pocket revolver and the larger Navy revolvers. The calibre of the pocket revolver was 31 calibre and that of the Navy being .36 calibre. The revolver had a five shot fluted cylinder of .36 calibre compared to the smaller pocket revolver and of course a barrel to match. The revolver used the pocket frame with a larger barrel and compensated for the larger calibre by reducing the number of chambers from 6 to 5.
These were sold in substantial numbers to the Police and Law enforcement agencies and one might ask why they were not made in the larger .44 calibre? This, to an extent can be explained by the fluted cylinder which was designed to reduce weight. These revolvers were a working tool and designed to be carried on the hip or in a shoulder holster for possibly a 12-hour shift so weight was an issue. In reality these would have been used at very close quarter so the calibre almost became irrelevant. The revolver had a notch in the hammer and safety stops between each cylinder so it could be carried safely with the hammer dropped between two loaded cylinders.
These revolvers are quite scarce and were the final percussion revolver manufactured by the Colt Manufacturing Company. Many were converted to rimfire in the early 1870’s so the survival rate of unconverted revolvers is low. To find one in its original case with all of the correct accessories is an exceptional find.
This case contains a Colt Mould, correct Hawksley powder flask, Eley percussion caps, Colt cleaning rod, nipple key, oil bottle and turnscrew. The Oak box is as it should be and contains the key to lock it and a number of cast bullets which from their oxidisation dates them from the time the revolver was first placed in the box. There is a vacant name plate on the lid.
The revolver has some original finish and traces of the silver plating on the frame and trigger guard with very good mechanics and a clean bore. The revolver has matching serial numbers in several places that date the manufacture to 1865. The revolver cocks and locks solidly as it should with the half cock for loading also engaging perfectly. The wedge is blank which is not uncommon on this model. The Colt USA address is clearly stamped on the top of the barrel.
An interesting cased Colt of investment quality.
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