1874 Manufactured WILD WEST Antique COLT “Open Top” .22 RF POCKET Revolver
Colt’s Answer to Smith & Wesson’s No. 1 Revolver
Here we present an antique Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolver, made in 1874 in Hartford, Connecticut, with a production run from 1871 through 1877. These revolvers were made for self-defense. They were introduced in 1871, shortly after the Smith & Wesson held Rollin White Patent expired, opening the floodgates to a hungry market that had been dying to fully implement metallic cartridge firearms loaded into a totally bored through cylinder. From 1857 to 1869 Smith & Wesson had exclusivity with these concepts and rightfully dominated the marketplace. The idea was to provide the commercial market with a very small and concealable firearm.
Not everyone was a cowboy and carried Colt’s Single Action Army in the Wild West days. Many civilians may not have carried if not for something that they could stick in their pocket, purse or muff, much like today. The Open Top was relatively successful for a time, with 7 shots of .22 rimfire, but production ceased by about 1877 due to very stiff competition from a plethora of companies making similar but cheaper versions known today as “Suicide Specials”.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. Solid grips. Markings are legible. Numbers match.
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Barrel is 2-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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