Antique COLT OPEN TOP Pocket Revolver Made 1873
QUALITY 1870s HIDEOUT Handgun
Here we present an antique Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolver, made in 1873 in Hartford, Connecticut. These revolvers were made for self-defense. They were introduced in 1871, shortly after the Smith & Wesson held Rollin White Patent expired, opening the floodgates to a hungry market that had been dying to fully implement metallic cartridge firearms loaded into a totally bored through cylinder—from 1857 to 1869 S&W had exclusivity with these concepts and rightfully dominated the marketplace. The idea was to provide the commercial market with a very small and concealable firearm. Not everyone was a cowboy and carried Colt’s Single Action Army. Many civilians may not have carried if not for something that they could stick in their pocket, purse or muff, much like today. The Open Top was relatively successful for a time, with 7 shots of .22 rimfire, but production ceased by about 1877 due to very stiff competition from a plethora of companies making similar but cheaper versions known today as “Suicide Specials”.
The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PTFA MFG CO./HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are regaining a patina. The markings are legible. Serial numbers are mixed. The walnut grips are in great shape. The bore is dark with visible rifling. The action on this revolver is strong.
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Barrel is 2-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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