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Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon)


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver [ 1848 ]



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.



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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.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
1848

Origin
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United States

Classification


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver


Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company - USA
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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Overall Length
175 mm
6.89 in
Barrel Length
150 mm
5.91 in
Sights


Iron Front and Rear


Action


Percussion Cap; Repeat Fire

Percussion Cap
Utilizes the percussion cap system of operation to actuate ignition of propellant; much like a child's cap gun, small explosive caps are set upon nipples and these are actuated by a falling hammer previously cocked.
(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)*


.31

Rounds / Feed


Five-round rotating 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.
Rate-of-Fire
5
rds/min


Model 1848 "Baby Dragoon" - Base Series Designation


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