Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Colt Paterson Improved Second Model Ring Lever Rifle

One of those Colt firearms that collectors dream about.
Colt manufactured approximately 500 of these rifles between 1838 and 1841. The rifle features an 8-shot cylinder and distinctive ring ahead of the trigger guard that cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. 
The rifle has the loading lever mounted on the right side of the barrel lug, a small groove below the loading lever to accommodate a powder flask and a capping channel in the recoil shield. 
The Second Model rifle was only offered in .44 caliber, but was offered in both 28-inch and 32-inch barrel lengths (though the 28 inch barrel was less common).

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