Antique CIVIL WAR Era 3rd Model COLT DRAGOON .44 Cal. HORSE PISTOL Revolver
One of 10,500! Made in 1857!
Here we present an antique Colt 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver, manufactured in 1857 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Third Model was first offered in 1851 and continued production through 1861, for a total of 10,500. The revolver is in .44 caliber, weighs 4 pounds and 2 ounces and has a part round and part octagonal barrel. The main difference between a Second and Third Model Dragoon is the change from a square-back trigger-guard to a rounded version. The barrel and cylinder were blued with casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The revolver was furnished with one-piece walnut grips which were varnished for the commercial market and oil-stained for the military contracts.
Colt’s Dragoons experienced some of the harshest conditions the mid-19th century had to offer, and it is amazing that any survived, in any condition. This pistol was designed for use by horse-mounted rifleman, and it is so much pistol that you will want a horse to carry it for you because of its significant weight. This one would have seen use during the American Civil War and probably after. This is a great opportunity to add one of Samuel Colt’s most recognized inventions to your collection, a Civil War era Colt Dragoon!
This one has the Texas Ranger & Native American cylinder scene. Small single letter “H” inspector marks can be found on both sides of the trigger guard, on the left side of the barrel and the rear of the cylinder. The grip wears an old silver finish.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces are clean with still sharp edges. The Texas Ranger & Indian cylinder scene remains quite visible. The action is as strong as ever, with a crisp trigger and a solid and timely lockup. The bore is in fine shape with great rifling. Here is a great chance to own a rare Third Model Dragoon with a superior action!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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