FIRST YEAR Produced CIVIL WAR Antique COLT Model 1862 .36 POLICE Revolver
1861 6 ½” 5-Shot Revolver Pocket Revolver
Here we present an antique First Year Production 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 1862 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 inch variants harder to come by.
The overall condition is good. Gray patina. The action is excellent. The bore is in good condition with nice rifling. The grip is solid. The numbers match throughout, including the barrel wedge. Nice and early Colt Police!
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Barrel is 4-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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