GR79-0423-4625, Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon. Early gun, serial number 12xx. Serial number matches on the back-strap, trigger-guard, frame, barrel, cylinder , wedge and cylinder pin. 5 Shot 3 inch barrel. The 3 inch is the least common of all the barrel lengths for the Baby Dragoon. It is estimated that only 17% of the Baby Dragoons were made with the 3 inch barrel. There are traces of blue on the bottom of the barrel but only traces. Gun was probably cleaned long ago, a nice brown-grey patina is starting to return. The grips are in very good condition, with about 80% original varnish with bumps and dings on grips This is just evidence of use. The gun has about as good of a cylinder scene as I have seen on a Baby. I would say the cylinder scene is 90-95%. It has the correct Texas Ranger and Indian fighting cylinder scene. There is about 15-20% original silver on the trigger-guard and only traces on the back-strap. Crisp functional mechanics. The bore is bright, shiny, crisply rifled with a little bit of light residue in a couple of places. These were popular guns that we used and carried for years and years and most of them are beat up. Early Babies had the left hand barrel address like this gun. This gun is much better than the average Baby Dragoon you will find.
Est. Retail Value: $6000
The Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon revolver was a smaller, lighter version of the popular Colt Model 1847 Walker revolver. It was designed by Samuel Colt and introduced in 1848.
The Baby Dragoon was a .31 caliber revolver with a 3-6 inch barrel and a five-shot cylinder. It was intended to be a more manageable and easily concealable firearm than the larger and heavier Walker revolver.
The revolver got its name from the fact that it was smaller and lighter than the Dragoon revolver, which was named after the mounted soldiers of the same name. The Baby Dragoon was a popular choice for civilian personal protection and as a back-up weapon.
One of the most significant events in the history of the Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon revolver was the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. The war provided a proving ground for the revolver, and it proved to be a reliable and effective weapon in combat.
The Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon revolver was also used during the California Gold Rush of 1849, where it became a favorite of gold prospectors and frontiersmen.
The Baby Dragoon was produced from 1848 to 1850, and it was eventually replaced by the Colt Model 1849 Pocket.