Cutaway Second Model Dragoon Revolver
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1850; no serial number
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Cutaway, or skeleton, arms were used to demonstrate the mechanics and special features found on Colt firearms. Very few cutaways were produced, and they were never marketed. The idea originated with Samuel Colt, and this Second Model Dragoon was the first revolver to receive such treatment. Records indicate that Colt used it in a lecture he gave before the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, in 1851. Colt’s lecture highlighted the ingenuity of his revolvers and the advanced techniques used to manufacture them. The lecture was so successful that Colt was elected an associate member of the institution. Within a year, Colt established a London production factory on the River Thames, the first by an American manufacturer outside the United States.
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