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Recently acquired a difficult to find Colt small frame conversion type 7. This is a Colt New Model Police pistol with a newly manufactured 6 1/2" solid barrel with loading gate and ejector in 38 Colt. About 1500 of this model manufactured around 1872. Makes a nice size single action in a reasonable caliber for its day.

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It is rimfire.

I don't know if it has ever been reported how many of each were made. The different type numbers are confusing and seem to change every time someone writes about these.
 

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Patterson,
I see two sets of numbers on your cylinder??
 

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Yes, these typically have two numbers, the first being the number of the gun and the second an assembly number on the cylinder and two other places.
 

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It is rimfire.

"I don't know if it has ever been reported how many of each were made. The different type numbers are confusing and seem to change every time someone writes about these.
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According to the book Variations of Colt's by Breslin, Pirie, and Price, the latest study, there are 7 types. This book gives a lot of detail on each type and numbers manufactured, type 6 has 4500 manufactured. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in small frame conversions, about $35.00.

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Were you able to get any info from colt? I tried for my Model 1862 Conversion (38RF) but seems they are missing records. I plan to get a copy of the book as mentioned above. Thanks!
 

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Hi Members,
Were two lots of numbers put on all conversions? And did Colt under take these conversions or were there other makers converting these revolvers, and adding this extra number. Interesting post.
 

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The double numbers only occur on a few of the conversions. There were seven types of the conversions by Colt but there were also "gunsmith" conversions done by a variety of sources. Conversions were a popular lower cost revolver in the 1870-1880 era.
 
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