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Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver


United States | 1862



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

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
225 ft
68.6 m | 75.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
5
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
750 ft/sec
229 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Physical
The physical qualities of the Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
279 mm
10.98 in
O/A Length
139 mm
5.47 in
Barrel Length
1.50 lb
0.68 kg
Weight
Single-Action
Action
.36 Cap and Ball
Caliber(s)
5-shot revolving cylinder
Feed
Open Iron Front, Fixed
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Five-Shot Percussion Revolver family line.
Model 1862 Pocket Navy - Base Series Designation


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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.

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Contractor(s): Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company - USA
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