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If anyone has any information on the CL Dragoons please let me know it's hard to get.
 

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Seems like I saw a dragoon sold at auction a while back by one of the big auction houses that was marked CL Dragoons. Can't remember which one!
 

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Seems like I saw a dragoon sold at auction a while back by one of the big auction houses that was marked CL Dragoons. Can't remember which one!
Possibly this one at James Julia:

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE "C.L.DRAGOONS" COLT DRAGOON REVOLVER.COLTDRAGOON The only Colts that were actually sold to a Confederate unit

"There is an excellent article by Walter Anderson published in the January 1991 Gun Report which gives a detailed history of this unit, which became a part of the 3rd Alabama Calvary which most of its command was utilized to protect commanding generals as escorts. The C L Dragoons were the personal escorts of Gen. Braxton Bragg early in 1862 en route to his command in Corinth, Mississippi just prior to the Battle of Shiloh; where this unit saw action and Capt. Robert W. Smith as commander was cited for "personal gallantry and intelligent execution of orders, frequently under the heaviest fire". This unit continued as escorts and couriers for Bragg in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. When Gen. Joseph Johnston replaced Bragg as Commander of the Army of Tennessee, this unit continued as his personal escort. Late in 1864 when Confederate President Jefferson Davis impatient with Johnston's actions he placed Gen. John Bell Hood in charge of the Army, again the "C. L. Dragoons" remained as Hood's personal escort. Only about a dozen of these rare typically very hard used Confederate Colt's are known and this is among the finest survivors."
 

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I didn't know that any Dragoons would letter. What other serial ranges might letter?
 
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I have been looking for that gun report issue for a long time. If anyone knows where I can get a copy of that article, please let me know.
 

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I didn't know that any Dragoons would letter. What other serial ranges might letter?
I was only recently aware of this as well, simply by noting a few folks on this forum have a factory letter for their Dragoon. This information is not on the fact sheet provided by Colt as to what firearms can be lettered.

My guess is that only a relative few can be lettered. It is probably hit or miss--I would call Colt and see if any of your Dragoon(s) can be lettered.

I called about one I own and no information was on file. I asked if certain ranges were available, or what ones could be lettered and I never got a good answer.

My guess is that the serial numbers available to letter are in certain ranges and perhaps at the time of the fire in February 1862, certain 'day books' in which pertinent information was recorded survived the fire--and others did not.
 

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got it ,and bought it (with the help of my wife.) thank you Chaparosa !, and everyone else. I seem to recall when talking to Colt, that they had very few third model records and the ones they did have were 4 screw.
 

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As the War got closer, the demand for Colt firearms got stronger, and Colt took advantage of this to sell off old stock that was not selling well. This included the the heavy "Old Model" .44 caliber Dragoon revolvers. This Dragoon, by serial, was made three years before it was shipped in 1861, and so the later shipping date is why it will letter when another Colt made in the same year, 1858, and shipped then will not letter.
I think all these CL Dragoon marked Colt Dragoon models were sold to the New York dealer Cooper and Pond, and then quickly went south to Alabama.
I once owned one of the even rarer CL Dragoon Colt Model 1851 Navies - it is believed that the 100 or so troopers were issued the old fashioned and heavy Dragoon models, while the four commissioned officers got the lighter and more coveted .36 caliber Colt Navies. I think three of the four Colt Navy model CL Dragoons are known to collectors.
 
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