Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Model 1848 "Dragoon" - Base Series Designation
Dragoon First Model - V-type mainspring with square-back trigger guard; noted for oval-shaped notches on cylinder; 7,000 examples known to have been produced between 1848 and 1850.
Dragoon Second Model - Noted for rectangular notches on cylinder; eventually replaced with flat leaf mainspring over V-type; square-back trigger guard; 2,550 produced between 1850 and 1851.
Dragoon Third Model - At least 10,000 produced from 1851 through 1860; detachable shoulder stock on some models; some noted with folding leaf sights; rounded trigger guard.
Model 1848 "Baby Dragoon" - Lightweight, compact design made by Colt for civilian market in .31 caliber and varying barrel lengths.