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 LOT 3364
Extremely Rare Pair of Consecutively Serial Numbered U.S. Colt “Fluck” Dragoon Percussion Revolvers -A) Colt “Fluck” Dragoon Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 2941, 44 percussion cal., 7 1/2
inch part octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/silver finish, walnut grips. This true pair of Colt Dragoon revolvers was manufactured in 1848, and fall into the correct 2001 to 3000 serial number range for the Walker Replacement Dragoons first identified by John J. Fluck in 1956. Estimates for the total production of these revolvers
are as low as 300, but the total is likely closer to 1,000. They are also known as “pre-1st Model Dragoons,” or “Second Contract Dragoons,” and were designed to replace Walker revolvers that failed while in use by the U.S. military using original Walker parts and reworked parts. This pair was likely issued together given that two Dragoons and one shoulder stock were issued under the
Army regulations approved by Secretary of War Floyd in 1858, and that Samuel Walker carried a pair of the earlier Walker revolvers during the Mexican-American War. Cavalrymen kept one pistol in each side of their pommel holsters. The revolver has the distinctive first model
style oval cylinder stops and brass square back trigger guard. The top of the barrel flat is marked “ADDRESS SAMl COLT NEW-YORK CITY” reading from the breech to the muzzle. The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S/ PATENT/U.S.” There is a small “B” stamped on the rear underside of the trigger guard and on the top of the back strap, and a crude period “C.C.” is scratched into the butt. The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, cylinder, and trigger guard. The replacement loading lever, wedge, cylinder pin, and back strap are un-numbered. It is fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip.

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