BRITISH Proofed Antique COLT NEW LINE .38 Cal. ETCHED PANEL Pocket Revolver
Conceal & Carry SELF DEFENSE Gun
Here we present an antique Etched Panel British Proofed Colt New Line .38 Caliber Rimfire Revolver, made circa 1874-80 in Hartford, Connecticut. A single action revolver, this small pocket revolver was one of a number of inexpensive handguns produced by Colt from 1873 to 1884. The “New Line” was Colt’s first production model handgun chambered for .38 caliber and outnumbered all other pistols in Colt’s “New Line” group. This revolver utilized a .38 rimfire cartridge matched to a 5-shot fluted cylinder fitted to a 2 ¼” long round barrel. About 12,516 were produced in .38 caliber during its six year production run.
This revolver was designed to be a small but potent self-defense revolver for stowing in one’s pocket in the 19th Century. Spur Trigger “Suicide Special” manufacture was fierce during this time, and Colt struggled to compete against the countless small shops making very similar, less expensive revolvers, though not necessarily of the same quality. The Colt remained a steady, reliable force in firearms for much longer than the rest. This revolver features 5 shots of .38 Rimfire, a handsome wizened nickel finish and rosewood grips.
The New Line series of revolvers, including all calibers, was a single action pocket revolver introduced by the Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in 1873 and continued through 1884. Two years after the Colt House Revolver, a year after the Colt Open Top, and almost simultaneously alongside the Colt Peacemaker, the Colt New Line was one of the first metallic cartridge, rear-loading revolvers manufactured by Colt.
The overall condition is near fine. Original finish and patina. The etched panel remains faintly visible. London proofed. The action is excellent. The bore is in nice condition with sharp rifling. The grips are smooth and solid.
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Barrel is 2-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .38 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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