Colt used to be a big player, but they fell out of the marketplace a bit some time back. Handguns of world war ii, the secondary pistols and revolvers charles pate colt s double action revolver. Colts double action revolver, model of 1878 hardcover august 17, 1998 by don wilkerson author. The 1877 colt double action revolver unblinking eye. These second generation colt single action army revolvers were produced from 1956 to 1974 and carried serial numbers in the range of 0001sa to 73,205sa. The assumption was, if you actually had time to bring the gun up to eye level and use the sights, you also had time to thumb cock the hammer. The colt m1877 was a double action revolver manufactured by colt s patent fire arms from january 1877 to 1909 for a total of 166,849 revolvers. A shop manual, volumes 1 and 2 by jerry kuhnhausen 2 book set colt double action revolvers. For the past 20 years or so, jerrys been living in idaho where he spends much of his time writing and publishing gunsmithing books. Why all defensive revolvers should be double action only. Colt revolvers workshop manual vol 1 jerry kuhnhausen. Colt double action revovers book cover the only really detailed gunsmithing and repair manual on these colt revolvers ever printed. Models, serial number ranges and photos of these fascinating colt revolvers is presented. Colt even had other gunsmiths create new designs, such as the root model pistols and rifles.
Official colt gear colt double action revolvers manual. Brand new in hard case available for purchase at our online store colts legendary doubleaction revolvers return the colt cobra is now ava. Home handguns concealed carry 5 excellent double action revolver options. Colts double action revolver, model of 1878 hardcover. Gunsmithing the colt double action revolvers the purpose of this section is to make the colt owner aware of the pitfalls of opening up his colt and attempting to do his own repairs, and to offer advise on what repairs to undertake and what to leave to genuine colt qualified experts. Details about the colt double action revolvers a shop manual vol.
This is a colt commando that was produced during wwii in. Has complete list of recommended tools and includes parts diagrams. The colt double action revolver a shop manual, volume i, is one of. A revolver is a repeating handgun that has a revolving cylinder containing multiple chambers. Apr 20, 2017 if you would like to explore the story of the colt brevetes in greater detail, obtain a copy of colt brevete revolvers by roy marcot from north cape publications, inc. Ii the only gunsmithing and repair manual published on the new style colt d. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. Jerrys been living in idaho where he spends much of his time writing and publishing gunsmithing books. The second issue cobra, like this nickelplated model with factorycarved motherofpearl grips, was one of the best examples of colts famed original snake guns. This is a new book a study of the colt single action army revolver thirty year anniversary edition shipped with usps media mail. Buy colt s double action revolver, model of 1878 by don wilkerson isbn. Colt double action revolvers modern for sale and auction. This revolver was designed as the double action version of colts famed single action army revolver and shared much of its history. Shop online for 45 long colt pistols and revolvers from top brands like beretta, bond arms, colt, ruger, and many more.
Styled in the bold tradition of the old west with modern autoloading action. The model 1877 was offered in three calibers, which lent them three unofficial names. Colt is launching the colt night cobra, a sleek and compact revolver for concealedcarry based on their updated cobra frame. If multiple models appear for your serial number simply match the date with the appropriate model, as certain vintage firearms can share serial numbers between different models. There were 30 guns shipped to the atlantic georgia police department and are so marked on the back strap. It is often referred to as the frontier or the double action army revolver. Includes assembly, disassembly and parts identification with details of frame, barrel, crane, forcing cone and cylinder work. The older colt vspring da revolvers are tricky and sensitive to repair. A detailed look into colts development and production of double action swing out cylinder new army and navy series revolvers. But there was one thing he refused to do to the very endproduce a doubleaction revolver. The only really detailed gunsmithing and repair manual on these colt. In an earlier article we looked briefly at revolvers and mentioned a couple of prominent examples, the colt peacemaker m1873 or saa single action army and the smith and wesson model 10.
The colt double action revolvers a shop manual vol. Apr 30, 2017 heritage gun books colt double action revolvers shop manual volume ii brownells. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. But there was one thing he refused to do to the very endproduce a double action revolver. A shop manual, volumes 1 and 2 by jerry kuhnhausen 2 book set. Colts special revolver for airline pilots forgotten weapons. Colt, therefore, shall not be liable for the content of this book nor for any. Covers speed, security and service six series revolvers.
Read the instructions, warnings and cautions in this manual carefully before using this firearm. If multiple models appear for your serial number simply match the date with the appropriate model, as certain vintage firearms can. Shop for revolvers parts and accessories with numrich gun parts, the worlds largest supplier of gun parts. As for the projectiles, the glaser safety slug would seem to be. Model 1911 automatic pistol 2009 is an easyreading, informative book with chapters on john browning, jeff cooper, army testing, the commander, improvements, custom guns and various manufacturers current. Colt double action revolver s by don wilkerson the book of colt firearms by r. Heritage gun books colt double action revolvers repair. The colt m1878 is a doubleaction revolver that was manufactured by colts manufacturing company from 1878 to 1907. Colts double action revolver model of 1878 1998 by don wilkerson relates the history and development of this first true bigbore da.
Doubleaction revolvers required more parts to make the gun function, and more parts meant more chances of parts failure. Colt richardsmason conversion 1861 navy revolver colt model 1862 police and pocket navy conversions colt round barrel pocket navy with ejector colt model 18711872 open top revolver colt first model derringer colt second model derringer colt third model derringer colt house model revolver colt open top pocket revolver colt new line revolver. Jul 28, 2011 in this video we shoot two classic revolvers of the mid20th century. The colt m1878 is a double action revolver that was manufactured by colt s manufacturing company from 1878 to 1907. I started to develop an interest in colt revolvers. Colt guns, colt paterson, colt walker for sale collectors. This book is the definitive reference on the subject. Bright polished stainless with 6 vent rib bbl, red ramp and white outline sights, marked on left side colt anaconda. A double action revolver using replaceable preloaded cylinders. A total of 51,210 model 1878 revolvers were manufactured from 1878 to 1907, including 4,600 for the us ordnance department. The colts patent fire arms manufacturing company responded as quickly as it could, under the circumstances.
The only gunsmithing and repair manual published on the new style colt d. With the original serial number now missing, colt could not tell me what this particular pistols model number was or date of manufacture was when it left the factory. The action has been converted to single action only, a vent rib has been added to the barrel. Gunsmithing the colt double action revolvers the purpose of this section is to make the colt owner aware of the pitfalls of opening up his colt and attempting to do his own repairs, and to offer advise on what repairs to undertake and what to leave to genuine colt. If you prefer a gun that is tuned more to single action shooting than double action, then you want the super action job. Colt double action revolvers modern local deals, national. Wonderful colt officers model target first issue in 38 special from 1911 with the lovely fire blue still covers the sides of the hammer, trigger as well as the screws and pins on the front sight. The model 1878 saw action on americas frontier and throughout the world until production ceased in 1905. A study of colt new army and navy pattern double action. The colt m1877 was a doubleaction revolver manufactured by colts patent fire arms from january 1877 to 1909 for a total of 166,849 revolvers. In depth research by the author into colts shipping records and government archives is used to document the material.
Da is typically used to refer to double action revolvers that can be fired in double action or have the hammer pulled back for single action, and in modern cases, with a swing out cylinder. Colt double action revovers book cover the only gunsmithing and repair manual published on the new style colt d. Colt s manufacturing company firearms, handguns, pistols, rifles, revolvers. Explains and simplifies the relationship between the cylinder, bolt, rebound lever and hand on the colt d, e and i frame revolvers python, old model trooper, detective special and other large frames with pythonstyle lockwork. By some standards of that period, 25 feet would have been considered really stretching the limits of double action. The former, a single action handgun associated with the old west and the latter, a double action. The 372page hardcover book is impressively illustrated with hundreds of fullcolor photographs. Colt colteer 122 operating instructions and safety manual. Jul 18, 2018 patrick sweeney is the author of many of gun digest books bestselling titles, including gun digest book of the 1911, vols. Oct 25, 2017 was colts comeback to the doubleaction snubbie arena worth the wait. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books. Models, serial number ranges and photos of these fascinating colt revolvers.
Famous revolvers models include the colt 1851 navy revolver, the webley, the colt. A comparison between the old and new colt cobra revolvers. It includes everything in the master action tune above, except the traditional colt stacking is retained and the single action is honed for light and crisp letoff. Im wondering if somebody at colt hadnt read that book.
The largest shipment of engraved guns was shipped to e. Colts first doubleaction revolver was their model of 1877, a sixshot, rodejector pistol capable of both double and singeaction operation. Kathy hoyt colts manufacturing co inc historical research po box 1868 hartford ct. Includes numerous photos on assembly, disassembly, check and repair. Working colts model 1877 doubleaction revolvers gun tests. The revolver was designed in 1876 by a well known colt employee, william mason. Colt model 1878 double action revolver main, revolvers permalink samuel colt was ahead of the pack in many of his ideas and he had designed and patented a double action revolver way back in the 1850s, a patent that expired in 1857 and which colt. The group is dedicated to the discussion of these fine pieces of colt craftsmanship.
Wilson colt firearms by serven for factory letters contact. Colts excellent anaconda is no longer in production, but it can be found used and makes for an excellent choice for hunting or as a backup weapon. The information on hands critical to proper timing is worth the price of the book alone. The 1877 pistols were built on a medium frame, and used a small birdsheadshaped grip. Colt double action revolver s by don wilkerson the book of colt. Feb 28, 2017 when double action revolvers first came into popular use in the early 1900s, they were really thought of as single actions with a bonus double action feature that would only be used in dire emergencies. The finish and grips show very little wear or damage. Here is the complete story of colt s first large frame double action revolver, the model of 1878. Gun digest book of the ak and sks, gun digest book of the glock and gunsmithing. Fitzgerald, later a vocal proponent of double action, advised in 1920 in the colt s police revolver handbook that double action shooting should be reserved for targets no more than 15 to 25 feet away. A study of the colt single action army revolver thirty.
Colts did recommend this book a study of colts new army and navy pattern double action revolvers 18891903 by robert best to help explain all my questions concerning my. Colt guns colt prewar da revolvers page 1 collectors. Top 3 concealable wheelguns revolvers reign supreme ideally, to pick the best revolver. The only really detailed gunsmithing and repair manual on these colt revolvers ever printed.
The latest book offered covering colt double action sixguns is seven serpents. Debunks the myths surrounding the d, e and i frame python, old model trooper, detective special and other large frames with python style lock work by carefully explaining and simplifying the complex relationships between cylinder bolt, rebound lever and hand. Due to the popularity of the television show, the life and legend of wyatt earp, colt introduced the aforementioned buntline special as a second generation offering from 1957 to 1974. Colt s double action revolver, model of 1878 9780961787646 by wilkerson, don and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. Heavy barrel target model customized for match shooting. He has written 24 shop manuals and is an nra life member. Most likely, the colt double action revolver of 1877 was a response to the introduction of the webley bulldog pistol in 1872, which was already being imported into the u. This revolver was designed as the double action version of colt s famed single action army revolver and shared much of its history. A study of colt s new army and navy pattern double action revolvers 18891908 bob best u. Explains and simplifies the relationship between the cylinder, bolt, rebound lever and hand on the colt d, e and i frame revolvers python, old model trooper, detective special and. The first is doubleaction, and the second is singleaction. As with wilkersons other colt books, this one also covers each caliber which was offered as well as barrel lengths, total production figures and serial numbers.1201 85 745 1559 508 142 1129 1044 207 283 178 1173 658 1193 1135 1526 1386 1464 75 404 585 101 639 805 219 332 1252 1142 740 642 493 380 437 1029 1380 806 1306 1320 996 1247 392