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Original Colt Shoulder Stock Types
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:18:53 PM »
Around 1858 Colt wanted to produce a New Model Army, with a lighter weight than the Old Model Army which was the Dragoon. Colt went to all measures to lighten the Dragoon (there are many prototype photos in Charlie Pate's book The Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver (2018), but Colt decided to concentrate upon a NMA based upon the 1851 Navy frame. At that time he was considering an appropriate shoulder stock for sale to the Army concerning the 1848 Dragoon and the 1851 Navy revolvers. After considering 4 different type shoulder stocks as prototypes, Colt patented the Type 3 stock for the !848 Dragoon, the 1851 Navy, and the future 1860 Army. Pate lists shipments of 1848 Dragoon 3rd models and 1851 Navy to the US Army to include shoulder stocks. The Dragoons were referred to as saddle revolvers and the Navies as belt revolvers (pgs 20-21).

Colt's first foray into this can be described a the Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4.

The Type 1 can be ascribed as an attempt to use the 1855 sidehammer revolver version that attached to the backstrap via a single point.

The Type 2 must have looked like this with a securing prototype yoke:

I can find no photos of a Type 4 stock. Any assistance would be fantastic.