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Colt Dragoon Revolver

Colt Dragoon Revolver

Manufacturer / Maker: Samuel Colt (1814 Hartford, Connecticut - 1862 Hartford, Connecticut)

Department: History
Date: c. 1849
Medium: Brass, walnut, and steel
Dimensions:
14 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (36.8 × 13.3 cm)
Classification: Tools, Implements & Weights
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1979 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1981.218.1
DescriptionColt Dragoon revolver, 44 caliber, 6-shot cylinder, 7.5" part round, part octagonal barrel, walnut grip with brass tack on right side of grip. #6692 (Serial number), barrel.
Identifying features include continuation of square-bached trigger guard, cylinder stop-slots are oval; juncture of grips, gripstraps and frame forms a straight vertical line. - The barrel is marked; "Address Sam Colt, New-York City-"; and "Colts/Tatent" on the left side of the frame, with "U.S." stamped below it.


Not on view
Label Text:Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver
Manufacturer: Samuel Colt
New York City, circa 1849
.44 Caliber; Serial Number: 6692
Iron, steel, brass and walnut
#81.218.1

Approximately 7,000 First Model Dragoon pistols were manufactured for use by the U.S. Dragoons, forerunner of the U.S. Cavalry, and by frontiersmen. The heavy six-shot pistols, nicknamed "horse pistols" because they were frequently used on horseback, fired a .44 caliber ball packing considerable force. This type of pistol was standard issue among dragoons stationed at the Post of Albuquerque. Brass tacks were added to this pistol by one owner as decoration or to provide a stronger grip.