EARLY 674 Serial Number COLT 1862 .36 POLICE Revolver CIVIL WAR Antique
1861 Produced Revolver at the Beginning of ACW
Here we present an antique 3-Digit Colt Model 1862 Police 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, 5-1/2, and 6-1/2 inch barrels, with the 6-1/2 inchers harder to come by.
The overall condition is very good. Original blue finish and patina. The action is excellent. The bore is in great shape, reflective with strong rifling. Solid walnut grip. Matching numbers. A great early Colt 1862 Police!
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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