Dates of Manufacture


Each year begins the Serial Number for that year.  This is only a rough idea and in order for you to be sure exactly when your gun was made and shipped by Colt it would be better for you to get a Colt Letter from The Historical Department from Colt whose address is on my link page. The guns listed below and their serial numbers are only guns that started in the 1800’s and even through it carries through the 1900”s they have to be started in the 1800’s .  For all others contact Colt Historical Department.


Paterson 
each group number from 1 upwards
No. 1   Pocket or Baby Paterson   1837-1838 
             Some altered 1840                       Total - 500

No. 2   Belt Model Paterson   1838-1840
            Total combined with No. 3 Belt  Model
            Some altered 1840

No. 3   Belt Model Paterson   1838-1840  
            Combined with No.2 Belt Model
            Some altered 1840                        Total 850

No. 5    Holster or Texas Paterson  1838-1840  
             Some altered 1840                      Total  - 1000

4th and 5th Model ehlers Pistols  1840-1843 
                  With loading levers                 Total - 500



Walker and Dragoon Model

1847         Walker Military Model
                  A.B.C.D. Co.                                  1 - 220
                  E. Co.                                              1 - 120

1847         Civilian Model                                  1001 - 1100

1847        Whitneyville - Hartford Dragoon         1101 - 1340

1848         Fluck Pre-1st Model Dragoon           2216 -2515

1st Model Dragoon

1848          1341
1849          4000


2nd Model Dragoon

1850          8000
1851          9500


3rd Model Dragoon

1851           10700
1852           12000
1853           12500
1854           13750
1855           14000
1856           15500
1857           16250
1858           16500
1859           18000
1860           18500
END           19800

1974          20801
1975          21001
1976          21501
1977          23101
1978          24501


Hartford-English Dragoon

1853        1 - 700


Baby Dragoon Pocket

1847         1
1848         2000
1849         8000
1850         12000
END         14000


Model 1849 Pocket

1850    12000
1851    16000
1852    25000
1853    55000
1854    85000
1855    100000
1856    110000
1857    130000
1858    140000
1859    150000
1860    160000
1861    184000
1862    197000
1863    223000
1864    250000
1865    270000
1866    280000
1867    290000
1868    300000
1869    310000
1870    320000
1871    325000
1872    330000
1873    331000
END    340000


Model 1849 Pocket-London

1853     1
1854     1000
1855     5000
1856     9000
END     11000


Model  1851  Navy

1850      1
1851      2500
1852     10000
1853     20000
1854     35000
1855     40000
1856     45000
1857     65000
1858     85000
1859     90000
1860     93000
1861     98000
1862     118000
1863     132000
1864     175000
1865     180000
1866     185000
1867     200000
1868     204000
1869     207000
1870     210000
1871     212000
1872     214000
1873     215000
END     215348

1971     4201
1972     5901
1973     8301
1974     10801
1975     15101
1976     20001
1977     22701
1978     23401


Model 1851 Navy-London

1853     1
1854     4000
1855     15000
1856     41000
END     42000


Model 1855 Sidehammer (Root)  28 Caliber

1855     1
1856     5000
1857     15000
1858     18000
1859     20000
1860     22000
1861     26000


Model 1855 Sidehammer (Root)  31 Caliber

1860      1
1861      1000
1862      4300
1863      6000
1864      8000
1865      9000
1866     10000
1867     11000
1868     12000
1869     13000
1870     14000


Model 1860 Army

1860     1
1862     2000
1862     25000
1863     85000
1864     150000
1865     153000
1865     156000
1867     162000
1868     170000
1869     177000
1870     185000
1871     190000
1872     198000
1873     199000
END     200500


Model 1861 Navy

1861     1
1862     4600
1863     10000
1864     17000
1865     25000
1866     28000
1867     30000
1868     31000
1869     33000
1870     34000
1871     35000
1872     36000
1873     37000
END     38843


Model 1862 Pocket Police & Pocket Navy 36 Caliber

1861     1
1862     8500
1863     15000
1864     26000
1865     29000
1866     32000
1867     35000
1868     37000
1869     40000
1870     42000
1871     44000
1872     45000
1873     46000
END     47000


Thuer Conversions

1868 - 1871                About 5,000

Richards Conversion 1860 Army

1873 - 1878                 About 9,000


Richards-Mason Conversion 1860 Army

1872                            About 2,100

Model 1851 Navy Conversion

1872                             About 3,800


Model 1861 Navy Conversion

1872 -1878                  About  2,200


Model 1862 Police & Pocket Navy Conversion

1873 - 1880                 About  25,000


Deringer

1st  Model Deringer
1870-1890  Production by year unknown     1 - 6500

2nd  Model Deringer
1870-1890  Production by year unknown     1 - 9000

3rd  Model Deringer
1875-1912  Production by year unknown     1 - 45000


Cloverleaf House Model

1871     1
1872     4000
1873     5000
1874     6000
1875     7200
1876     9600
END     9952
5 shot round cylinder appeared at serial range 6161


Open Top Pocket Model 22

1871     1
1872     3000
1873     6000
1874     7500
1875     48000
1876     85000
1877     95000
END     114200


New Line 22 Pocket

1873     1
1874     4500
1875     9000
1876     13000
1877     43000
END     55343


New Line 30 Pocket

1874     1
1875     1500
1876     9200
END     10946


New Line 32 Pocket

1873     1
1874     2100
1875     8800
1876     10000
1877     13000
1878     14000
1879     15000
1880     16000
1881     17000
1882     18000
1883     19000
1884     20000
END     22000


New Line 38 Pocket

1874     1
1875     500
1876     5800
1877     6000
1878     7000
1879     9000
1880     11000
END     12516


New Line 41 Pocket

1874     1
1875     1000
1876     3200
1877     7000
1878     9000
1879     10000
END     10702


New House 38 & 41  (32rare)

1880     10300
1881     11000
1882     13500
1883     15000
1884     17000
1885     20000
1886     23000
END     25700


New Police 38 - 41 & 32 Cop & Thug

1882     14450
1883     15000
1884     17000
1885     20000
1886     23000
END     25700


Single Action Army & Bisley

1873     1
1874     200
1875     15000
1876     22000
1877     33000
1878     41000
1879     49000
1880     53000
1881     62000
1882     73000
1883     85000
1884     102000
1885     114000
1886     117000
1887     119000
1888     125000
1889     128000
1890     130000
1891     136000
1892     144000
1893     149000
1894     154000
1895     159000
1896     163000
1897     168000
1898     175000
1899     182000
1900     192000
1901     203000
1902     220000
1903     238000
1904     250000
1905     261000
1906     273000
1907     288000
1908     304000
1909     308000
1910     312000
1911     316000
1912     321000
1913     325000
1914     328000
1915     329500
1916     332000
1917     335000
1918     337000
1919     337200
1920     338000
1921     341000
1922     343000
1923     344500
1924     346400
1925     347300
1926     348200
1927     349800
1928     351300
1929     352400
1930     353800
1931     354100
1932     354500
1933     354800
1934     355000
1935     355200
1936     355300
1937     355400
1938     356100
1939     356600
1940     357000
END     357859


Model 1877 Double Action

1877     1
1878     3000
1879     13500
1880     19000
1881     28000
1882     34000
1883     40000
1884     48000
1885     51500
1886     53000
1887     57500
1888     62700
1889     72500
1890     73500
1891     80500
1892     85400
1993     89000
1894     95000
1895     97000
1896     101700
1897     105200
1898     107500
1899     111500
1900     115500
1901     122700
1902     130300
1903     140000
1904     148500
1905     156200
1906     159000
1907     162000
1908     164000
1909     165000
END     166849


Model 1878 Double Action

1878     1
1879     1450
1880     4000
1881     4500
1882     7450
1883     9500
1884     12200
1885     13700
1886     16100
1887     18100
1888     20900
1889     22300
1890     24600
1891     27200
1892     29500
1893     31300
1894     33100
1895     34700
1895     34700
1896     35100
1897     36500
1898     38200
1899     41000
1900     43000
1901     48000
1902     48500
1903     49300
1904     50600
1905     51000
END     51210


Model 1889 Double Action

1889     1
1890     5200
1891     10400
1892     17100
1893     23500
1894     28000
END     31000


New Pocket Model  Double Action

1893     1
1894     450
1895     6000
1896     7800
1897     9000
1898     10500
1899     11900
1900     13500
1901     15700
1902     17100
1903     19000
1904     21700
1905     26300
END     30000


New Police 32 & New Police Target

1897      1
1898     4200
1899     4600
1900     7300
1901     9500
1902     12000
1903     14500
1904     16700
1905     24900
1906     31600
1907     37500
1908     49500


New Army Model of 1892
Serial Number 1 to 15,000

New Army Model of 1894

Serial number 60,000 to 68,000

New Navy Model of 1895
Serial Number 15,500 to 18,000 and
68,000 to 71,000

New Army & Navy Model

1899     115000
1900     131000
1901     148000
1902     180000
1903     193000
1904     225800
1905     241000
1906     256000
1907     272000
END     291000


New Service & Shooting Master

1898     1
1899     250
1900     2300
1901     5600
1902     6300
1903     7800
1904     9700
1905     12600
1906     14500
1907     16500
1908     19800
1909     21000
1910     24500
1911     29800
1912     54500
1913     58000
1914     60200
1915     72500
1916     94500
1917     126000
1918     146000
1919     170500
1920     260000
1921     315000
1922     316000
1923     317000
1924     320000
1925     322000
1926     324000
1927     326000
1928     327000
1929     329000
1930     330000
1931     332000
1932     333000
1933     335000
1934     338000
1935     339000
1936     339500
1937     341000
1938     344000
1939     346000
1940     348000
1941     350000
1942     351000
1943     353000
1944     355000
END     356000


Rifle

Revolving Longarms
No.1     Ring Lever Rifle    
1837-1838              Some altered 1840                   Total - 200

No.2     Ring Lever Rifle    
1837-1838              Some altered 1840                    Total - 500

Model 1839 Carbine
1839-1840
              Most have attached loading levers   Total - 950

1855 Rifle 1st Model ( .36cal & 40 cal )
1856 - 1859                                                1 - 1000

1855 Rifle Half Stock ( .36cal , 40 cal , 44 cal , 50 cal , 56 cal )
1857 - 1864                                               1000 - 1500

1855 Rifle Full Stock ( .36cal , 40 cal , 44 cal , 50 cal , 56 cal )  
1856 - 1864                                            Several Hundred

1855 Rifle Military ( .44 cal , 50 cal , 56 cal , 58 cal , 64 cal )
1856 - 1864                                               9,310

1855 Carbine  ( .36cal , 40 cal , 44 cal , 50 cal , 56 cal )
1856 - 1864                                               4,435

Model 1861 Musket
1861 - 1865                                              75,000

Single Shot Target Rifle
1855 - 1860                                               10

Berdan (Russian)
1866 - 1870            1 - 30000

Berdan (U.S.) Model
1866 -1870             1 - 135

Model 1878 Double Rifle
1878 - 1879            1 -40   &  293  & 397

Franklin Military
1887 - 1888           1 - 50

Burgess Lecer Action
1883 - 1885           1 - 6403 finished Jan. 1885


Lighting Magazine Rifle  Medium Frame ( 32 - 38 -44 CAL )

1884     1
1885     3075
1886     12650
1887     20500
1888     25000
1889     33000
1890     41000
1891     50000
1892     63200
1893     66000
1894     71000
1895     76000
1896     79000
1897     80500
1898     82500
1899     84000
1900     85800
1901     87800
1902     89300
END     89777


Lighting Magazine Rifle Small Frame (22 RF)

1887     1
1888     1000
1889     8000
1890     11750
1891     14300
1892     14700
1893     15400
1894     16600
1895     19800
1896     23000
1897     26000
1898     29600
1899     35300
1900     42800
1901     52300
1902     63300
1903     73700
1904     82000
END     89912


Lighting Magazine Rifle Large Frame  ( 38-56 ,  40-60 , 45-65 , 85-85 , 50-95 )

1887     1
1888     1000
1889     2400
1890     3800
1891     5200
1892     5700
1893     6000
1894     6300
END     6496


Shotgun

Model 1839 Shotgun
1839-1841               Attached levers rare                       Total - 200

Model 1878 Hammer


1878     1
1879     100
1880     2250
1881     7850
1882     11800
1883     15000
1884     17400
1885     18550
1886     20350
1887     21200
1888     22000
1889     22500
END     22683



Model 1883 Hammerless

1883     1
1884     250
1885     850
1886     1400
1887     2200
1888     3056
1889     4058
1890     4450
1891     5350
1892     6250
1893     6750
1894     7250
1895     7550
END     8366






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