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Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy

United States (1862)
Picture of Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Five-Shot Percussion Revolver

The Colt Model 1861 Pocket Navy was more or less a smaller version of the successful Model 1851 Navy sold a decade prior.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Five-Shot Percussion Revolver.  Entry last updated on 2/17/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The success of the original Colt Model 1851 Navy (sold in 215,000 examples) provided the foundation for the Model 1862 Pocket Navy percussion revolver. Dimensionally smaller, the Model 1862 Pocket Navy appeared with barrel lengths of 4.5, 5.5 or 6.5 as required by the customer. Unlike the larger Model 1851, the Model 1862 featured a five-shot ammunition cylinder chambered for the .36 cartridge. Only 19,000 of the type were produced by Colt Patent Firearms Company of Hartford, Connecticut.

Despite its formal name involving "navy", the Model 1862 Pocket Navy received the generic name from the Colt standard for .36 revolvers emanating from the original Model 1851 Navy which showcased an engraved naval battle along its cylinder sides. The Model 1862, however, depicted an engraved stage coach holdup scene instead.

Design-wise, the Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy was not unlike its predecessor. It sported an octagonal barrel with a hinged loading lever underneath. The curved trigger was protected by a brass oblong trigger guard. The hammer was clearly visible and accessible by the thumb at the rear of the frame. The frame itself lacked the rugged bridge over the ammunition cylinder found in popular competing Remingtons. The pistol grip was elegantly curved downwards and flared at the bottom.
A solid gun by Colt standards, its low availability has made it something of a rare item today. The original Model 1851 Navy was no doubt helped by sales during the American Civil War. The new Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy was utilized by both sides of the conflict.

The Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy shared serial numbering with the Colt Model 1862 Police revolver, leading the latter to contain high serial numbers despite their actual production figures.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
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Origin: United States
Year: 1862
Type: Five-Shot Percussion Revolver
Manufacturer(s): Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company - USA
Global Operators:
Confederate States; United States
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Single-Action


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
.36 Cap and Ball


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
5-shot revolving cylinder


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
279 mm


Inches
10.98 in


Length
BARREL


Millimeters
139 mm


Inches
5.47 in


Structural
WEIGHT


Pounds (Unloaded)
1.50 lb


Kilograms (Unloaded)
0.68 kg


Ranged
Sights


Arrangement
Open Iron Front, Fixed

Operating Performance (Typical):
Performance
MUZZLE
VELOCITY



Feet-per-Second
750 ft/sec


Meters-per-Second
229 m/sec


Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
5 rpm


Performance
RANGE


Feet
225 ft


Meters
69 m


Yards
75 yd

Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model 1862 Pocket Navy - Base Series Designation