1848 1st Model Colt Dragoon Pistol (Serial 5724)
The Colt Dragoon is a rare antique model and can fetch upwards of six figures for a mint example. We are offering here an original Colt Dragoon, but in the lower grade of quality. That said, the positives of this antique outweigh the negatives, making it a decent inexpensive buy to acquire an example. First, all the parts are matching numbers, including the barrel, frame and cylinder. The action still functions, including the half and full cock, with a working trigger. The grip is proper, fits well and is without damage. The negatives are as follows: The wedge spring is broken and therefore loose; The cylinder image is gone, but the serial number remains; The 7.5" barrel is rough and pitted, but not a complete right off, rifling is still visible; The Colt Address is obliterated and unreadable; and the frame and cylinder are re-blued.
My take on this gun is that it was found in very bad condition and was cleaned up removing all the corrosion and removing the detailing and finish. There is obvious indication of severe corrosion around the nipples and the hammer aperture that prove my point. Very difficult to clean these two areas. Once sanded off, pitting was filled and the old gun re-blued. Fortunately the mechanism still works. In summary it is not collector grade in the true sense of the word, but they are so rare and expensive this damage makes this example affordable to most of us average collectors.
This is an antique hand gun and does not require a PAL.