BRITISH PROOFED Antique COLT NEW LINE .41 Caliber Center POCKET Revolver
Originally Advertised as the “BIG COLT”!
Here we present an antique London Proofed Colt “New Line” .41 Caliber Centerfire Revolver made in 1877 in Hartford, Connecticut. This handy little 5-shot Colt, referred to as the “Big Colt” when it came out, carried quite the punch for a pocket self-defense revolver. The large caliber of this variation makes it the most desirable of the “New Lines” with approximately 10,702 manufactured from 1874-1879 due to the short 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.
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 1877. 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. With such a limited number of examples and the larger caliber, this is a very desirable firearm for a Colt collector.
The overall condition is fine. Original finish preserved. Strong action. Bright bore. Both grips have less than average wear, and the left grip has a thin repaired crack. Legible markings. The barrel and cylinder flutes are British proofed.
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Barrel is 2-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .41 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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