Model: 1862 Police, Rimfire Cartridge Converted
Serial Number: 672
Year of Manufacture: 1870's; the conversion was available starting c. 1870, production ended for this model in 1873, from Flayderman's Guide.
Caliber: .38 Rimfire
Action Type: 5-Shot Double / Single Action Cartridge Converted, Fluted-Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW YORK, U.S.A.”. The underside of the barrel, trigger guard plate and butt of the grip frame have the matching serial number. The rear of the barrel is marked "4", the loading gate and cylinder pin are marked "654". The left of the frame is marked "COLT'S / PATENT", the left of the trigger guard plate is marked "36 CAL", there is a "C" in the hammer cut of the frame.
Barrel Length: 4 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a long German silver blade, dovetailed to the barrel; there are heavy marks and verdigris present. The rear sight is a "V" notch in the hammer.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one piece varnished walnut stock that has heavy compression on the butt portions, corresponding with marks on the butt grip strap. The toe of both sides of the stock has small chip losses as photographed. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark, there is heavy erosion in the bore and the rifling is hardly discernible.
Overall Condition: Strong blue is still seen on some protected areas, the majority of the blue items have a dull brown patina with mild erosion and heavier marks on the barrel wedge / its surrounding surfaces. The rear of the cylinder has heavy hammer marks from dry firing, though the firing pin is not warped. The top of the frame, with the cylinder removed, shows bright case coloring, please see our pictures! The rest of the case coloring has muted to a dark gray patina. The brass grip straps no longer have silver plating, there are heavy marks on the butt strap, the other areas have natural mustard colored patina and mild marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The hammer does not advance the cylinder, the hand is very worn. There is no felt play in the barrel to frame fit. The pistol has a cartridge conversion cylinder for .38 Rimfire. Given its age, we do not recommend firing this pistol. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The 1862 Police is one of Colt's most masterfully executed and toned revolvers, this one was made near the end of production when demand for metallic cartridge handguns had become the new, and deserved craze. Some strong blue and case coloring is still seen on protected areas, this should be a welcomed addition to any collection; oh the stories it could tell!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique handgun can be sold in California.
LSB#: 161128LV25 Make: Colt Model: 1862 Police, Rimfire Cartridge Converted Serial Number: 672 Year of Manufacture: 1870's; the conversion was available star
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