Friday, March 11, 2016

Colt M-1851 Copycats


After Colt's patent expired in 1857 many arms manufacturers prepared to offer a similar product of their own as soon as they possibly could. A few examples follow;

Bacon Arms Co. pocket model. Manufactured 1858-1867. Fluted cylinder, 31 caliber, 4" barrel.

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Nepperhan Firearms Company pocket model manufactured in Yonkers, New York. Early 1860s. 31 caliber, 4" barrel.

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Hopkins & Allen "Dictator" Manufactured 1860-1870, likely by Bacon Arms Co., Approx 1000 made, 36 caliber 4'' barrel.


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Manhattan Firearms Arms Pocket revolver manufactured in Newark, New Jersey. 31 caliber, 5" barrel. 
Produced prior to their patent for the extra set of safety notches.



On a side note; Thomas Bacon, was for a while, superintendent of manufacturing at Manhattan Arms. He departed and founded Bacon Arms. The frame design on these four revolvers appears identical and was likely his influence.