Gun Specifics:

  • Range of serial numbers: 1 – 800
  • Date of manufacture: 1837 – 1840
  • Total production: 850 approx. (Including No 2 Belt Model).
  • Length of barrel: 4 to 6 inches. Some examples have 12 inch barrels with different address.
  • Caliber: .31 & .34 (Five shots)
  • Address: ‘Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N.J Colts PT’ with finials at either end.
  • Weight: 20 ounces depending on barrel length.

Colt Paterson Belt Model Percussion Revolver AKA: No 3 Paterson

The Colt Belt Model Paterson Revolver No. 3 was manufactured circa 1837 to 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey. A total of approximately 450 were made and serial numbered 1 through 850 along with the No. 2 Belt Model which shares its serial numbering. The Belt Model series was the only group of Paterson revolvers produced having two types of grips. They are the straight and flared style grip. The standard Model is identified as follows:

Medium size frame; Barrels marked: ‘Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N-J. Colt’s Pt.’ reading breech to muzzle; Octagonal barrel lengths from 3″ to 5½” with rifling of eleven grooves and lands; .31 caliber with folding trigger; with (scarce) or without an attached loading lever; five shot cylinder roll engraved with the decoration of a centaur motif, including COLT within the four-horse-head trademark.; rear of the cylinder were squareback (early) although the majority were rounded; varnished walnut two-piece flared grips; blued finish to all parts; serial numbers stamped on all major parts (the revolver needs to be disassembled to observe serial numbers).

As with most Colt firearms there are always exceptions to the rule with some engraved examples known, inlaid silver bands and also those with silver-plated back-straps and frames, ivory or mother-of–pearl grips and case hardened hammers and loading levers when present. Values depend on condition, rarity and provenance. Some specimens are cased.

For in-depth reference on Paterson pistols see ‘The Paterson Colt Book featuring the Dennis A. Levett Collection’ by R.L. Wilson.

More Paterson Percussion Era

The Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver No. 5 also known as the “Texas Paterson” was manufactured circa 1838 to 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey. A total of approximately 1000 were manufactured serial numbered in its own range from 1 through to 1000.

The Colt Belt Model Paterson Revolver No. 3 was manufactured circa 1837 to 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey. A total of approximately 450 were made and serial numbered 1 through 850 along with the No. 2 Belt Model which shares its serial numbering.

The Colt Pocket or Baby Model Paterson Revolver No. 1 was manufactured circa 1837 to 1838 in Paterson, New Jersey. A total of approximately 500 were made and serial numbered 1 through 500. This was the smallest revolver manufactured by Samuel Colt. The standard Model is identified as follows.