Gun Specifics:

  • Range of serial numbers: 1,101 to 1,340
  • Date of manufacture: 1847
  • Total production: 240
  • Length of barrel: 7½ inches
  • Caliber: .44
  • Weight: 4 pounds 2 ounces

Colt Whitneyville Hartford Model 1848 Dragoon Percussion Revolver AKA: Transition Walker

The Colt Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon Revolver also known as the “Transition Walker” was manufactured late in 1847. A total of only about 240 were produced. The serial numbers follow through after the civilian Colt Walker Dragoon revolver finished at 1100 through to 1340. Serial numbers are found on all major parts.

This model is rarer than the Walker Model and is often called the ‘Transition Walker’ because some of the parts were left over from the Walker. It is in .44 caliber revolver, weighs 4 pounds and 2 ounces and has a 7½ inch part round and part octagonal barrel. The barrel was blued with casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The grip-straps are found either in brass or steel with brass trigger-guard. The six shot cylinder was roll engraved with the Texas Ranger and Comanche Indian fight scene and left “in the white”. The revolver was furnished with one-piece ‘Slim Jim’ walnut grips.

The barrel address usually reads ‘ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY’ but variations are known. The ‘COLT/PATENT’ stamping on earl models forms an oval on the right side of the frame. On later models ‘COLT/PATENT/U.S.’ is usually stamped on the left side of the frame. There are two major variations on the frame of the Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon revolver. The early models retain the cutout at the rear of the frame which fits the curved portion of the grips, as on the Walker and the later models have the straight-back frame as on later Dragoon revolvers. The trigger and cylinder stop screw are shorter than on later Dragoons and do not pass completely through the frame meaning that the screw heads are not visible from the right side of the frame.

For in-depth reference on Colt Dragoon revolvers see ‘The Book of Colt Firearms- 3rd Edition’ by R.L. Wilson.

More Colt Percussion Dragoons

Colt’s Second Contract Dragoon was manufactured in 1848 and serial numbered in a range from 2001 through 3000. Approximately 1000 are thought to have been manufactured by Colt to replace defective Colt Walker Dragoon revolvers that were sold to the U.S. government.

The Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver was manufactured circa 1848 through to 1850 with a total of about 7,000 produced. They continued the sequence from the Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon from serial number 1341 through to about 8000.

The Colt Second Model Dragoon Revolver was manufactured circa 1850 through to 1851 with a total of only about 2,700 produced. It continued the sequence from the First Model Dragoon from about serial number 8000 through to about 10700.