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Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon)


Five-Shot Percussion Revolver


United States | 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.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
175 mm
6.89 in
O/A Length
150 mm
5.91 in
Barrel Length
Percussion Cap; Repeat Fire
Action
.31
Caliber(s)
Five-round rotating cylinder
Feed
Iron Front and Rear
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
5
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon) Five-Shot Percussion Revolver family line.
Model 1848 "Baby Dragoon" - Base Series Designation
Operators
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Contractor(s): Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company - USA
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