Antique COLT “Open Top” SPUR TRIGGER .22 Caliber RIMFIRE Pocket REVOLVER
Colt’s Answer to Smith & Wesson’s No. 1 Revolver
Here we present a first year production antique Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolver, made in 1871 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 S&W 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. 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 nearing fine. Original nickel finish. Strong action. Good bore. Both grips are in good shape with usual dings and scuffs. Numbers match. Markings are sharp. Here is a solid little self defense revovler from Colt!
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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