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Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon)

United States (1848)
Picture of Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon) Five-Shot Percussion Revolver

The Model 1848 Baby Dragoon was intended for the civilian market as a lighter-weight, more compact form of the full-sized military-minded Dragoon model of 1948.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon) Five-Shot Percussion Revolver.  Entry last updated on 2/17/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The success of the Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" line (described in a separate entry) prompted Samuel Colt to design a civilian-minded derivative that was more compact and lightweight. This became the Model 1848 "Baby Dragoon" which carried the same general shape and configuration as the full-sized Dragoon with a redesigned front-end managing an octagonal barrel assembly of 3", 4", 5" or 6" length. The same percussion cap actuation system was retained through the chamber was now of a five-shot, .31 caliber design. (original Dragoons were .44 in caliber). Baby Dragoons featured a square-backed trigger ring as seen in the Dragoon First and Second models, a spur trigger on the hammer and a downward-curving pistol grip. 15,500 Baby Dragoons were produced from 1848 into 1850 and, despite their civilian-minded design elements, were pressed into service during the American Civil War due to a need for all manner of small arms in the war.

The Baby Dragoon preceded a whole line of compact, lightweight handguns intended for the civilian market under the Colt brand label.

Any available statistics for the Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon) Five-Shot Percussion Revolver are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
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: 1848
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
Percussion Cap; Repeat Fire


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
.31


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
Five-round rotating cylinder


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
175 mm


Inches
6.89 in


Length
BARREL


Millimeters
150 mm


Inches
5.91 in


Ranged
Sights


Arrangement
Iron Front and Rear

Operating Performance (Typical):

Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
5 rpm

Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model 1848 "Baby Dragoon" - Base Series Designation