I was looking at a Colt Pocket 1849 Model I picked up recently. The gun is a 4” and is matching, except for the loading lever. The cylinder and barrel are re-blued. The production date is 1867. That falls into what I call Colt’s “Lost Years.” The stretch between the end of the Civil War and the introduction of cartridge guns. During this period, percussion revolvers were still in demand and in use in the West. Bill Hickok’s guns are well known, but it is as if he was the exception. Many a time I have heard, “Too bad it’s not made before 1865.” To be sure, there were some cartridge guns, primarily iffy Smith and Wessons and the pin fire boys. The West could be a wild and bloody place at that time. If you were smart and carried a percussion revolver, it was a Colt.