Denix Replica American Civil War Dragoon Army Revolver, Manufactured By S. Colt, USA (1851)
Gun Metal Grey Finish
The Colt Dragoon Revolver was one of the first revolvers invented by Sam Colt. It was produced with several variations between 1847 – 1860, which included the Walker Transitions, First, Second, and Third Models. It was created for the U.S. Army's Regiment of Mounted Rifles, but also became popular among civilians during the 1850s and 1860s. About 18,500 pieces were made in the U.S.A. It was a large powerful .44 caliber percussion-lock gun intended to be used from horseback.
The Colt Dragoon Revolver evolved from the Colt Walker Revolver. There were numerous problems with the Colt Walker. Mainly the Walker’s heavy weight, which made it suitable only for use from horseback, the Walker’s tendency for cylinders exploding on occasion when fired, and the Walker’s habit of dropping the loading lever upon discharge, jamming the revolver action in the middle of combat. The new design incorporated a new chamber that allowed about 10 grams less gunpowder to reduce the problem of ruptured cylinders. The Dragoon Revolver had a shorter barrel at 7.5 inches as compared to the 9 inches barrel on the Walker. The catch was redesigned to hold the loading lever even with heavy recoil. Later Models included oval cylinder stops, a square back trigger guard, a V-shape mainspring, and frame cuts for detachable shoulder stocks, among a few other minor changes.
The cylinder depicts what is popularly called the ‘Ranger and Indian’ scene where mounted dragoons and Indians engage in a running skirmish. This roll engraving pays tribute to a battle between Comanche Indians and Texas Ranger Capt. Jack Hays and his Rangers at Enchanted Rock, near present day Fredericksburg, Texas.
Colt Dragoons became extremely popular during the American Civil War. In the beginning Colt Dragoon Revolvers were issued for the U.S. Army's Mounted Rifles, where they were carried in pommel holsters on the saddle. The Colt Dragoon Revolver gained popularity in the Southwest among civilians where many had served in the Mexican–American War. The Dragoon became a master weapon for civilians who hailed it as a powerful weapon of the time. The Colt Dragoon Revolvers were also involved in the American Indian Wars.
Famous `Dragoon’ users included Joaquin Murietta, the California bandit, Charley Parkhurst, California teamster, James Douglas Byrd, Town Marshal, Watsonville, California, 1868, Tiburcio Vasquez, Union general George B McClellan, and fictional Augustus McCrae, in the novel Lonesome Dove, Mattie Ross in the novel True Grit, Charley Parkhurst, while driving freight, was confronted by two bandits whom he dispatched with the Colt Holster Pistol. And according to Harper's Weekly, James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok arrived in Springfield, Missouri carrying a Dragoon.
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Features & Details
• Non-firing Replica based on the original
• Simulated mechanism for charge and firing
• Pull the hammer back to cock the pistol
• Pull the trigger to fire the hammer
• Barrel Length: 7.5”
• Overall Length: 35 cm
• Material: Gun Metal Grey finish
• Handle Material: Wood Grip
• Weight: 1568g
• Fires Denix Caps
The Colt Dragoon Army Revolver and its variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime and are used by the following Actors and Characters. *:
• Heaven's Gate, Mickey Rourke (Nick Ray), 3rd Model, 1980
• Heaven's Gate, Christopher Walken (Nathan D. Champion), 3rd Model, 1980
• Quigley Down Under, Laura San Giacomo (Cora), 2nd Model, 1990
• From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, Temuera Morrison (The Hangman), 2000
• Bandidas, Sam Shepard (Bill Buck), 3rd Model, 2006
• Seraphim Falls, Liam Neeson (Carver), 2006
• Seraphim Falls, Pierce Brosnan (Gideon), 2006
• True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld (Mattie Ross), 2010
• Cowboys & Aliens, Walton Goggins (Hunt), 2011
• The Last Stand, Peter Stormare (Burell), 1st Model, 2013
• North and South, Patrick Swayze (Lt. Orry Main), Cartridge, 1985
• North and South, James Read (Lt. George Hazard), Cartridge, 1985
• Case Closed, (Criminal), Ep. 891 - 'Bakumatsu Revolution Mystery Tour (Part 1)', 2018
*Not a complete list.