CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1862 POLICE Revolver 36 Cal
The Pinnacle of the Colt Percussion Line!
Here we present an antique Colt 1862 Police Percussion Revolver, made in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. Its introduction was an attempt to fill a niche in the market for a pocket revolver suited for civilians and police of a larger caliber (.36) than the 1849 Pocket Revolver (.31). Much as the Colt 1851 Navy was a scaled-up version of the 1849 Pocket, the 1862 Police was a scaled down version of the 1861 Navy, which was a scaled down version of the 1860 Army. The result was a sleek, stylish and light, 5-shot pocket revolver in .36 caliber.
Collectors today largely view these as the climax of the development of the percussion revolver. Unfortunately for Colt, the commercial market for the 1862 Police was overshadowed by cartridge revolvers. As a result, production was quite limited by Colt’s standards, and of those that were produced it is estimated that 70% of these were converted to cartridge firearms. These factors make the 1862 Police Revolver in its original percussion format quite scarce for collectors today.
The barrel bears Colt’s New York address reading “ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”.
The overall condition is very good. The barrel has a gray patina with darker spots, while the cylinder retains 98% of its original blue finish and the frame retains visible case colors. The markings are clear. The numbers match, including the wedge. The grips show period wear around the skirt at the bottom, dark and smoothed over from continued use after the chip occurred. The bore is in very good condition with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a great Colt Police revolver made in the middle of the Civil War with lots of character!
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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