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Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver (1862)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/19/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1862

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Classification


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver


Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company - USA
National flag of the United States Confederate States; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Overall Length
279 mm
10.98 in
Barrel Length
139 mm
5.47 in
Empty Wgt
1.50 lb
0.68 kg
Sights


Open Iron Front, Fixed


Action


Single-Action

(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


.36 Cap and Ball

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a Musket Ball bullet
Rounds / Feed


5-shot revolving cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
225 ft
(69 m | 75 yd)
Rate-of-Fire
5
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
750 ft/sec
(229 m/sec)


Model 1862 Pocket Navy - Base Series Designation


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