COLT MODEL 1851 REVOLVER: While most of the standard production run of the “Navy” Colt model came out of the Hartford factory with a 7.5 inch barrel, this c.1853-made engraved example with ivory grip panels is quite a bit shorter, coming in at just 4 inches. Custom presentation examples like this truncated Colt are extremely rare, but the small sideways “2” following the cylinder number may indicate that this revolver was one of a pair.
COLT'S SIDEHAMMER POCKET REVOLVER: Although actually designed by Sam Colt himself, the M1855/Root was unusual in that it was the only percussion Colt handgun built with a solid frame and a wrap-around one-piece grip. Offered in both .28 and .31 percussion caliber variations, this sidehammer Colt continued in production through the American Civil War until 1870, even if only around 45,000 examples were to be manufactured.
Colt M1862 Police revolver - 150 years ago, the Colt factory had a bad day. It burned down. Believed started by Confederate agents, the Colt fire in 1864 put a real crimp in the company’s percussion revolver production for the remainder of the year. But one gun that didn’t burn up in Hartford, CT was this engraved Colt .36 caliber revolver. This five-shot handgun probably sold for an elevated price in the high demand market of 1864. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.