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I heard a rumor that the Colt Model of 1855 pocket revolver will be made as a reproduction.
This cap and ball revolver is to be a five-shot, .31-caliber, as were the originals.
Anyone know if a reproduction of this obscure Colt revolver is in the works? I doubt Colt would make such a thing, as it's entirely out of the black powder revolver business now (what a foolish move on Colt's part!)
The Colt Model is often referred to as the "sidehammer" or "Root" model for Elias K. Root. Actually, Samuel Colt invented this revolver but Root, Colt's designer, later received the credit.
The hammer was attached to the right side of the frame. The hammer extended to the left, to hit the cylinder dead-center.
This was Colt's first solid-frame revolver, with the barrel screwed into the frame a la Remington.
The pin upon which the cylinder revolved was removed from the rear.
About 40,000 of these pocket revolvers were made between 1857 and 1872, in .28 (actually .265) and .31 calibers. Barrel length was either 3.5 or 4.5 inches.
I handled an original once and thought it was nicely balanced with its 3.5 inch barrel. Small too.
It would be a nice fit in the pocket and handy for potting a rabbit or grouse.
The .31-caliber ball is only about 50 grains weight, but would leave the barrel at up to about 800 fps with 12 or 13 grains of FFFG. This should bag small game.
I wouldn't want to be hit with one, either. It would enter a few inches of flesh, just enough to start a good infection with all that black powder fouling and lubricant.
Anyway, anyone heard of the Colt Model 1855 coming out in a reproduction?
 

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I did a check on the Colt Blackpowder website http://www.coltblackpowder.com/ and it isn't one of theirs. I guess they expected to be out of business in June of 2002. They did carry the 1862 Pocket Navy and Pocket Police, but there was no mention of the 1855. Maybe Navy Arms?
 
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