Factory ENGRAVED Antique COLT Open Top 7-Shot .22 RF Pocket REVOLVER Ivory
Colt’s Answer to Smith & Wesson’s No. 1 Revolver
Here we present an antique Factory Engraved Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolver with Ivory Grips, made in 1875 in Hartford, Connecticut, with a production run from 1871 through 1877. These revolvers were made for self-defense. They were introduced in 1871, shortly after the Smith & Wesson held Rollin White Patent expired, opening the floodgates to a hungry market that had been dying to fully implement metallic cartridge firearms loaded into a totally bored through cylinder. From 1857 to 1869 S&W had exclusivity with these concepts and rightfully dominated the marketplace.
The idea was to provide the commercial market with a very small and concealable firearm. Not everyone was a cowboy and carried Colt’s Single Action Army. Many civilians may not have carried if not for something that they could stick in their pocket, purse or muff, much like today. The Open Top was relatively successful for a time, with 7 shots of .22 rimfire, but production ceased by about 1877 due to very stiff competition from a plethora of companies making similar but cheaper versions known today as “Suicide Specials”.
The overall condition is very good. Good bore. Strong and tight action. Both of the old ivory grips are in good shape. Numbers match. Traditional floral engravings adorn the frame and barrel. A very smart little Colt for the collection!
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Barrel is 2-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (Short)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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