- Range of serial numbers: 1 – 47,000
- Date of manufacture: 1861 to 1873
- Total production: Approx. 47,000
- Length of barrel: 3½ to 6½ inches
- Caliber: .36
- Address: ‘ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT. NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA’ also
‘-ADDRESS. SAML COLT/HARTFORD CT.’ or ‘ADDRESS COL. COLT/LONDON’
- Weight: 1 pounds 10 ounces.
Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver
The Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver was manufactured from 1861 through to circa 1873 in their own serial range from serial number 1 through to approx. 47000. The Police was in 36 caliber with a five shot rebated and half fluted cylinder. It had a round barrel with the creeping style loading lever in barrel lengths of 3½, 4½, 5½ and 6 ½ inches.
The frame, hammer, and lever were case-hardened and the remainder of the revolver was blued. The grips were of one-piece walnut with silver-plated brass back-strap and trigger-guard. The barrel address is ‘ADDRESS COL. SAM COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA’ with. COLTS/PATENT stamped on the left side of the frame. PAT SEPT. IOth 1850 is stamped within one of the cylinder flutes. Many of the late production Model 1862 Police and the Pocket Navy were converted from percussion to cartridge use. Please see the small frame conversion section.
There are several variations of the Model 1862 Police which are as follows:
Early specimens are found with the barrel address: ‘ADDRESS SAML COLT/HARTFORD CT’ and have silver- plated iron grip-straps. Some Colt Model 1862 Police were shipped to the Pall Mall Agency in London. They are usually found with iron grip-straps with an L (denoting London) beneath the serial numbers and British proof-marks on the barrel and cylinder. Very few are found with the rare barrel address: ‘ADDRESS COL. COLT/LONDON’. These are generally in the higher serial range.
For an in-depth reference on this model see ‘The Book of Colt Firearms- 3rd Edition’ by R.L. Wilson. For values, check out ‘Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms…’ and their values’ by Norm Flayderman.
More Colt New Model Army & Navy Percussion Revolvers
Through the Models of 1862 and 1865
The Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver was a streamlined version of the Model 1851 Navy. It was manufactured from 1861 through to circa 1873 in a serial range from 1 through to approx. 38843.. It came in 36 caliber with a six shot cylinder and 7½ inch round barrel with a creeping style loading lever.
The Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver was manufactured from 1861 through to circa 1873 in their own serial range from serial number 1 through to approx. 47000. The Police was in 36 caliber with a five shot rebated and half fluted cylinder.