Colt’s Pocket ’49 It’s Evolution by Jordan


Colt’s Pocket ’49 It’s Evolution Including the Baby Dragoon & Wells Fargo by Robert M. Jordan and Darrow M. Watt

Copyright 2000, 1st Edition. The Pocket 49 was Sam Colt’s best seller – the best selling pistol in the world in the 1800s. Colt sold about 320,000 of these guns between 1848 and 1873. It is easy to speculate why it was a hot seller…it was cheap, light, offered in four different barrel lengths and was produced with and without rammers. It could be ordered with special sights, special grips, special finish, engraved, or all of these things if one could afford them.

This publication covers it all — Baby Dragoons, rammerless and with rammers; Wells Fargos, short frame and long frame; Pocket 49s with two line New York addresses, with two line Hartford addresses, with one line New York addresses; London Made Pocket 49s; Thuers, Conversions, Modifications, plus serial numbers, inspectors marks and stamping errors; engraving and inscriptions, cases, accoutrements, holsters & FAKES! Over 3,275 guns were surveyed with over half of these inspected and photographed by the authors.


  • Hardcover with dustjacket
  • 8.75″ x 11.25″
  • 304 pages
  • 950+ color photos
  • signed by the author
  • includes 40-page pocket guide

*Although these books are new, all have sustained superficial damage to corners on their commute here.

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