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Antique Colt Model 1855 Revolving Cylinder .56 Cal Rifle. This antique Colt Revolving Cylinder rifle sports a 24” inch blued barrel with a loading lever for the cylinder. The stamped “COLT PATENT” is located on the left side of the receiver. There is a number “13” stamped on the cylinder. The front sight is a bead style and the rear sight is a solid un-adjustable buckhorn. The buttstock has a crescent shaped butt-plate Caliber/ Gauge: .56 Cal; Serial Number: 2848 Working Order: Firearm has not been tested; Background Check: Not Required; Keywords: Firearms, Guns; Ref: BD1248

  • 24' Barrel
  • Artist Name:
  • Colt
  • Circa:
  • 1858 (APPROXIMATE)
  • Notes:
  • The Colt New Model Revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1855 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibers from .36 to .64 inches. They were mainly based upon the Colt Model 1855 Side hammer Pocket Revolver developed by Elisha K. Root. Colt revolving pistols and rifles were attractive mainly because of their high rate of fire. They were used to a limited extent on the Pony Express, and made a brief appearance in the American Civil War. However, the rifles were generally disliked by soldiers, and were ultimately discontinued due to serious design flaws.
  • Condition:
  • The original bluing on the barrel, loading lever, cylinder and frame has turned to a blotchy silver-grey patina. The lower tang has a small repaired area and the butt-plate has a repairable horizontal crack. The action is solid and strong. There does not appear to be any visible replace parts.

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