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Offline snubnose57

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Colt open top
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:34:50 PM »
Recently picked up one in .38 special.
My question is, were all the originals in .44 Henry, or were any made in .38 rimfire?

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Re: Colt open top
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 08:04:16 PM »
Some of the Navy conversions were 36 Rimfire, but I've not heard of a '71/72 Opentop in that caliber.  Maybe somebody will come along that knows for sure.

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Re: Colt open top
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 03:27:25 PM »

Colt only manufactured the 71/72 Open Top in their (Colts) proprietary copy of the 44 Henry Flat cartridge and it was actually intended to be a same caliber partner to the 1866 and the Henry.

This is not to say Colt absolutely did not also build a few "One Offs" as prototypes.  Nothing other than the above ever went into production.

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Re: Colt open top
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 05:12:44 PM »
Congrats on a sweet pistola.  I have a 7" Army .45 and 5.5" Navy grip in .38.  They are really fun to shoot and  I think the open top is one of the nicest "natural pointers" out there. ;D

 

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