The production of the Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver began in 1850 and lasted until 1873. The total Hartford, Connecticut made series was 340,000. By the end of the Civil War in December 1865, production had reached 280,000. The 1849 Pocket was the successor to the Baby Dragoon, and the pre-version of the 1851 Navy Revolver. More 1849 Pocket’s were produced by Colt than any other of their percussion handguns. Many variations of the model were manufactured. A complete collection of Pocket’s would include 200 various revolvers. During the Civil War, the revolver was designed to be primarily used by Union officers for up-close personal protection. All 1849 Pocket’s were .31 caliber with 5 or 6 shot cylinders with attached loading levers. All barrels were octagonal with 3, 4, 5, or 6 inch lengths (no barrels were half octagon and half round). The common, standard barrel lengths were 4, 5 or 6 inch (the 6 inch bringing more money). The grips were one piece walnut. The trigger guards were small oval. The grip straps were silver plated brass. The markings include COLTS/PATENT on the left side of the frame, a stagecoach “hold up” scene on the cylinder, .31 cal. on the left side trigger guard frame and address on the top of the barrel. Three basic address barrel markings were used. This particular 1849 Pocket is a Civil War revolver with a 5” barrel and 6 capacity and has the “one line New York“ address: ADDRESS COL. SAM L COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA. It was made in 1863 (SN 249951). Appears to be all original with all matching numbers. Action works and locks up tight. Nipples show normal use. Cylinder moves backwards and forwards just a little from use, but not side to side. It is not loose in the frame. Front sight worn. No cylinder scene, but shows serial number. Gun shows normal wear for its age. Nice old Civil War gun worth the money!
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