Antique COLT “Open Top” Pocket REVOLVER Made 1874
Colt’s Answer to Smith & Wesson’s No. 1 Revolver
Here we present an antique Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolver, made in 1874 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.”. Underneath the cylinder on the left side of the frame is marked “22 CAL”.
The overall condition is very good. Traces of blue finish remain with an even patina throughout. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The grips show use and remain solid. The bore is in good condition. The action remains excellent.
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Barrel is 2-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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