Colt M1849 Pocket, .31 Percussion 
A very fine, 1860 made Colt 1849 pocket model with a 4 inch barrel and 5 shot cylinder. The barrel, cylinder and frame have none of the original blue left and are a nice, even brown patina. The cylinder scene is well visible, the nipples are clean and undamaged. About 20% silver on the grip frame, 80% original varnish with a bit of wear on the high spots, tight wood to metal fit. There are no cracks or missing chips, just one visible scratch on the left side. The action is crisp, the springs are strong, the barrel is shiny, with a few bumps near the breech, and sharp rifling. All matching numbers including the rammer and wedge. Two-line Hartford address. Crisp markings throughout.
The M1849 was introduced in succession to the Baby Dragoon, which was Colt's most successful small caliber hand gun to date. Everyone thought the Pocket would not be able to live up to the older model's reputation however it turned out to become Colt's most popular percussion gun with over 340,000 produced in 23 years. SN 173736, rated fine overall.


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