3rd Model Colt Dragoon - Martially Marked
- Product Code: FHG-1559-SOLD
- Availability: Out Of Stock
This Colt 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver is in VERY GOOD condition. It is a martially marked example produced in 1857. According to Colt serial number data, only about 250 Dragoons were produced in 1857, a clear indication that the smaller M-1851 Navy (of which about 2,000 were produced that year) was gaining in popularity. The gun is serial number 16416. This number appears on the bottom of the grip frame, the bottom of the triggerguard plate, bottom of the frame, bottom of the barrel wedge and on the cylinder. The cylinder arbor is number 6416 with the “1” omitted, as is the wedge. All numbers match with the exception of the loading lever, which is number 6192, with the “1” omitted. The lever is 224 numbers off from the rest of the gun and was produced in 1856. Considering the closeness of the numbers, it is more than likely that the lever is a period of use replacement, scavenged from Dragoon #16192 to keep other revolvers in service. The cylinder is clearly etched in a two line arc around the serial number MODEL U S M R / 16416 / COLT’s PATENT. The revolver actually retains some original finish, with about 5%-10% of the original blue being present on the barrel assembly. Most of the blue is on the left side of the barrel web and on the bottom of the barrel, but trace amounts are present in most of the protected areas of the barrel assembly. The balance of the barrel is a medium grayish-brown patina. The top of the octagon portion of the barrel is clearly marked in a single line: ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY . The case hardened frame retains traces of case colored mottling, with the balance of the frame having the same patina as the barrel assembly. The hammer also retains traces of coloring, which has faded and dulled to a smoke gray patina. The cylinder retains about 70% of the etched MODEL USMR / COLT’s PATENT panel, and about 40%+ of the Texas Rangers vs. Indians roll engraved fight scene. The cylinder shows some minor battering and impact marks as well. All of the cones (nipples) appear to be original and are in good condition, showing the expected wear, commensurate with the overall condition of the revolver. The pistol is mostly smooth overall, with some small, scattered patches of light pitting, most of which is on the barrel, and some of which is on “ of the cylinder. The frame and the balance of the cylinder show only some minor patches of peppering and pinpricking. The frame is clearly marked on the forward portion of the lower left hand side: COLT’s / PATENT / U.S.. The cylinder, barrel and bottom of the triggerguard are all clearly marked with the sub-inspector initial H, and this same inspection mark is partially visible on the bottom of the grip. The brass triggerguard assembly is inspected with a G on the left side. The action of the revolver functions perfectly, and the gun indexes, times and locks up exactly as it should. The action is actually amazingly crisp considering the age and use of the gun. The bore of the pistol is in about GOOD+ condition. It is dark and dirty and shows light even pitting along its length, but retains crisp rifling. A good scrubbing would likely improve the bore to nearly very good. The brass triggerguard and gripstrap of the revolver have a lovely, mellow golden patina that is very attractive. The loading lever functions smoothly and correctly, and locks into place when not in use, as it should. The original barrel wedge, numbered to the revolver is present, but is cracked. This in no way affects the display of the pistol or the ability of the wedge to secure the barrel to the frame. The one-piece walnut grip is in about VERY GOOD condition, and appears to be free of any breaks, cracks or repairs. The grip shows the expected bumps, dings and mars from use, but no abuse. The leading edges of the grip both show minor chips to the sharp corners. This is old damage from carry and use and the areas have been worn smooth from handling over the years. The outline of a cartouche is present on both sides of the grip, and while both cartouches are quite visible, both are illegible.
Overall this is a rather nice example of the very desirable Colt 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver. The gun is in much better condition than the typical Dragoon revolver encountered for sale today, and is relatively crisp. The gun is all-original and period with the only noted replacement being the loading lever from another Dragoon revolver, produced 224 guns before this one, in 1856. I firmly believe that this was an “in the field”, period of use, repair. The revolver is mechanically excellent and retains some original finish, a feature that usually means that the Dragoon will be priced in the 5-figure price range. In fact, I know that a few years ago a major antique arms retailer sold this gun for over $10,000. This is a great example of a Colt revolver that most collectors want to add to their collection, but the price point has always been a stumbling block. This is a wonderful 3rd Model Dragoon that displays like a $10,000 gun, and is priced under $8,000. This will be a great addition to your Civil War marital revolver collection and is a great chance to buy one of those pistols you thought would always be too pricey to afford or to justify owning.