Sunday, July 3, 2016

Heaven Forbid, a Brass Frame Colt

A forerunner of the M-1855. One of Colt’s prototype Sidehammers that was never fully completed. Its brass frame required two-piece grips, whereas the production models continued the Colt practice of one- piece construction. Is said to have been created between 1849 and 1850 at Colt’s Armory in Hartford. Caliber is .265. The barrel length is 3 inches, and it has an overall length of 7 inches.

R.L. Wilson wrote “First of the Sidehammers, with grooved cylinder surface, proved impractical.”

Rather interesting. If you look closely at the images you will note a sliding bar attached to the hammer. The bar indexes the cylinder, using the diagonal cuts on the cylinder, as the hammer is cocked. Notice the “creeping gear” loading lever.

The revolver is in the Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)

The end result; The Model 1855 "Root"