/ $575 USD / 495 Euros
Colt M1860 Army Cartridge Conversion Model
with Real Wood Grips
This is a superb replica
of the Colt M1860 Army Cartridge Conversion model revolver (heavyweight)
heavyweight abs & zinc alloy parts has a metal look and cold to
Weight approx : 710g
(Loaded) : 845g
Barrel Length : 8in
Very nicely detailed with
Brass style trigger guard and front
No visible makers name,
Open Barrel for venting
Strips down like the real
UK Customers: This is
Brand new, Released in
very limited numbers and now no longer available. We have just one left in
stock.....Be quick to avoid missing out!
box/instructions, Six HWS 44 CF reusable cartridges. Cartridges take 1x7mm PFC
cap / not included.
We ship internationally. Any
questions please let us know:
PFC Primer caps:
€11.00 / £8.50 per box
(1 box = 100
PFC caps) These are needed to make the bang and smoke!
1x Set (6) Firing Cartridges:
€25.30 Euros / £22.00 per box
Brief info on
the COLT M1860.
Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver
Cartridge Conversion Model
The Model 1860 Army was the major sidearm in
use by U.S. troops during the Civil War with over 127,000 Colt revolvers
acquired by the Union government during the conflict.
It was used
as a side arm by cavalry, infantry, artillery troops, and naval forces.
immediately following the American Civil War presented an interesting dilemma
for the Colt Patent Firearms Co. Its reliable percussion revolvers had been the
most popular military sidearms during the conflict. Colt produced around 380,000
cap-and-ball revolvers during the war years.
The introduction of metallic-cartridge revolvers by Colt and others was slowed
by the fact that Smith & Wesson owned the Rollin White patent on a cylinder
bored through end-to-end, which was a basic feature of most effective cartridge
revolvers. Accordingly, S&W had more or less of a monopoly on the
cartridge-revolver field through the 1850s and 1860s. When the patent expired,
the field was open for Colt and others to enter the cartridge-revolver market.
Colt had the tooling in place for production of its percussion revolvers, along
with a stock of unused parts. There was also considerable interest in adapting
percussion revolvers to fire the new metallic-cartridge ammunition. Colt
developed a series of designs that could be used to convert an existing
percussion gun to a cartridge revolver.
The various conversion systems used by Colt are known as the Thuer, followed by
the Richards and finally the Richards-Mason. The most obvious changes involved
various methods of replacing the percussion cylinder and hammer with parts
designed for cartridges.
All Colt revolvers produced with these systems have come to be called “Cartridge
Conversions” by collectors, although this is not entirely correct. Indeed, some
existing percussion revolvers were converted to fire cartridges, but many of
these guns were newly manufactured. It’s interesting to note that they were made
and sold by Colt at the same time the firm was making new revolvers specifically
designed for cartridges, such as the famous Single Action Army.
A number of factors combine to make the Colt “conversions” popular with
collectors. They were all produced during the colorful 1870s and have a good
association with the Old West, relatively few were made compared to many other
models, and the variety of conversion techniques applied to a number of
different models and configurations resulted in a field rich with variations to
be collected and studied.