z Sold Colt Pocket Navy, "CONVERSION" in Desirable .38 CENTER FIRE
z Sold Colt Pocket Navy, "CONVERSION" in Desirable .38 CENTER FIRE
Desirable .38 Center Fire Pocket Colt Navy Conversion

z Sold Colt Pocket Navy, "CONVERSION" in Desirable .38 CENTER FIRE

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POCKET COLT NAVY CONVERSION, 3 1/2 INCH ROUND BARREL REVOLVER IN DESIRABLE .38 CENTER FIRE CALIBER, #314XXX, C. LATE 1870s. These conversion revolvers were made from frames and parts of left over percussion guns and are some of Colt’s earliest cartridge arms. They are not only quite scarce because of very limited production, but extremely interesting with many variations. Because of the high serial number on this one, it was probably produced in the last part of the 1870s. All serial numbers match on the frame, hammer, butt, grip straps, trigger guard etc. All markings are clear. The action is tight and crisp. One-piece walnut grips are very good and still show quite a bit of the original finish. About ¾ of this model were made in .38 Rim Fire with only about a quarter of production made in Center Fire configuration. These were made on the 1849 frame and have the original “.36 CAL” stamping on the rear of the trigger guard. There is extensive information on this model (as well as others) in the detailed book by R. Bruce McDowell A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers. About 10,000 of these were made, of which approx. 6500 were made from 1849 revolvers. Made without ejectors, these conversion Colts are among the most handsome firearms turned out.

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