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Colt 2nd-Generation Second Dragoon 44 Caliber

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Despite its look of grace and balance, the Dragoon is a huge handgun. With a weight of 4.3 pounds, it was, and is, a formidable weapon. Colt made fewer of the Second Model Dragoons than either the First or Third Models. This one is extremely accurate, we found.

Colt 2nd-Generation Second Dragoon 44 Caliber

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The hammer top has been ground down to lower the impact, and the nipples were turned in a lathe to accept easily found caps. The case coloring was done by the old method, and looks just right.
The ram lever used to come open each shot, so the owner recut the mating surfaces and increased the spring tension, and now it stays put.
From left, the 1850 Navy, the 2nd Dragoon, and the 1860 Army, all 2nd.-Gen. Colts, are decent investments and great fun for shooting. The fitting and finish of all three is superb. None of these are pocket pistols. Compare the size of the cylinder of the 1851 on the left with that of the Dragoon to get some idea of the size of the big gun.

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