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Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver

This one is a decent example of a Pre-Civil War production Model 1849 Pocket Percussion revolver in .31 caliber.  These were very popular with soldiers who carried them as personal sidearms during the Civil War.  This one has a 5" octagonal barrel, 5 shot cylinder, with New York Barrel address, and large brass triggerguard.  Serial number is in the 158,000 range with 100% matching numbers including the wedge.  Overall condition is NRA Antique Good+ to Very Good.  The metal has mostly turned to a silvery grey and brown patina with 80% good cylinder scene featuring a stagecoach robbery. Barrel looks like it has traces of original blue on the sides of the lug near the wedge.  The  cylinder has a few dings and light bruises but is the scene is still well above average.  The grips are solid with no chips, cracks, or repairs and still have 35% original varnish remaining.  There are some tap marks to the bottom of the grips and bottomstrap where the butt of the gun was used as a hammer long ago....this was a common use for many old Colts as I've lost count having seen so many this way.  Brass triggerguard and backstrap have aged to a nice untouched mellow patina with original tarnished silver plating still showing in the protected areas. This little gun has very good markings including the "Colt's Patent" on the left side of the frame as well as a good "New York" barrel address.  It also has exceptionally nice screws.  The action has nice mechanics with working full and half cock notches and proper cylinder/barrel alignment.  The barrel to cylinder fit is also tight with no wiggle or play.  However, the two little guide pins located on the bottom of the frame that plug into the lower portion of the barrel are broken and should be replaced.  Still, the barrel to frame fit is so tight, you won't even notice unless you disassemble the gun.  All in all, a nice little untouched example of the Model 1849 Pocket revolver.

Item# 0404




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