Martially inspected, Colt Second Model Dragoon percussion revolver, serial number 9038, manufactured circa 1850. All parts have matching serial numbers, except an original wedge, which is numbered 9127. The revolver is in .44 caliber, weighs 4 pounds and 2 ounces and has a 7½ inch part round, part octagonal barrel. It has the rarer V-shaped main-spring and the loading lever has the vertical catch. The hammer has the modified slotted face, which sits on the safety pins, when the revolver is in the safety position. There were only about 2,700 Colt Second Model Dragoons produced circa 1850-51.
The barrel and cylinder are blued, with casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The back-strap and square-back trigger-guard are brass. The six-shot cylinder has rectangular cylinder stops, with guide grooves. It is roll engraved with approximately 70% Texas Ranger and Comanche Indian fight scene. It has the cylinder panel marking in large letters ‘COLT’S / PATENT’ along with a second panel of ‘MODEL U.S.M.R.’ (U.S. Mounted Rifles) with the serial number 9038 stamped within. This martial revolver has one-piece walnut grips with strong government cartouches on both sides. On the left side is “JH” (James Hawkins) and on the right side of the grip “WAT” (William Anderson Thornton). There are sub-inspector initals “M” stamped in various places, including the cylinder, left side of the frame and on the loading lever. The barrel address reads from muzzle to breech ‘ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY’ with the ‘COLT / PATENT / U.S.’ stamping on the left side of the frame. This hard to find, Colt Second Model Dragoon is overall, in very good condition. The action is tight and the revolver is in good working order. It has a good 7/10 bore.