CIVIL WAR Era Antique COLT Model 1862 POLICE .36 Cal. Percussion Revolver
Civil War 1861 FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver, made in 1861 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 with approximately only 28,000 manufactured between 1861 and 1873. And, of those that were produced, it is estimated that 70% of these were converted to cartridge firearms leaving only 8,400 in the original state. These factors make the 1862 Police Revolver in its original percussion format quite scarce for collectors today. This revolver came with 3-1/2 inch, 4-1/2 inch and 6-1/2 inch barrels, with the 6-1/2 inchers harder to come by.
The overall condition is fine. Nicely refinished in nickel at some point. The name of “Pearce” is scribed into the bottom of the grip frame. The action is strong, though the cylinder misses lockup on one of the chambers. The bore is in nice condition with strong rifling. The numbers match throughout. The grip is in great shape.
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Barrel is 4-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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