Antique CIVIL WAR COLT Model 1862 Pocket NAVY .36 Cal. CONVERSION Revolver
Excellent & Scarce Pocket Model Made In 1862!
Here we present a Colt Pocket Navy Model 1862 Revolver that originally started out life as a .36 percussion, made circa 1862 in Hartford, Connecticut, and converted to .38 Rimfire circa 1873-1880. Reportedly 10,000 of these revolvers were converted during those years and sold into the 1880s. The success of the original Colt Model 1851 Navy provided the foundation for the Model 1862 Pocket Navy percussion revolver. Unlike the larger Model 1851, the Model 1862 featured a five shot cylinder chambered in a .36 cap and ball. There were only 19,000 of this type produced by Colt. Like its predecessor, the 1862 Navy had an octagon barrel with a hinged loading lever underneath along with a brass trigger guard. A solid gun by Colt standards, its low availability has made it a rare item today. Sales were helped by use in the Civil War, as both sides utilized this revolver in the conflict. The Pocket Navy shared serial numbering with the Model 1862 Police revolver, leading the latter to contain high serial numbers despite their actual production numbers.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of this revolver is its cylinder scene. Cylinder scenes during this period were common, especially for Colt, not only for their visual appeal, but because it made a revolver more difficult to forge. The scene on the 1862 Pocket Navy is that of a stagecoach robbery. The focal point is the stagecoach drawn by four horses. A woman in a dress is seen framed in the doorway of the side of the coach. The driver is standing alongside wielding his pistol against multiple assailants as the horses rear and struggle against their harnesses. Several of the bandits lay dying on the ground, one tries to control the horses, two are running away and one is in the process of falling dead after being shot. Not a bad way to show interested buyers what a pistol like this would be good for.
The overall condition is fine. Lovely nickel finish. The action is strong and tight all the way around. The bore is in very good shape but has darkened towards the muzzle. All numbers match and the cylinder scene remains intact! This is a gorgeous example of the evolutionary link between Colt’s old percussion line and their soon to be legendary cartridge line!
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Barrel is 4-½ inches.
Caliber: .38 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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