R.L.Wilson - Colt An American Legend

First published in 1985, this is one of many excellent books on Colt firearms and history by Wilson. It contains detailed descriptions of virtually every Colt produced from 1837 to the present day, including of course the Baby Dragoon and Pocket '49 models. On his own web site Wilson quotes Michael Korda describing this volume as "a classic... the most beautiful book on firearms ever published and a milestone in modern book design and production".

The book includes, for all models, dates of manufacture for the serial number ranges. For the Pocket '49 / Baby Dragoon these largely agree with Jordan & Watts information - except in a couple of key areas, where J&W's later (by 15 years) research has uncovered some differences. The comparisons are provided below, with the areas of difference highlighted.

R.L.Wilson - Colt An American Legend

Year
R.L.Wilson
Jordan & Watts
Baby Dragoon
Pocket '49
London
Baby Dragoon
Pocket '49
London
From
From
From
From
From
From
1847
1
 
 
1
 
 
1848
1000
 
 
250
 
 
1849
8000
 
 
5000
 
 
1850
12000 - 14000
12000
 
10000 - 16000
12000
 
1851
 
16000
 
 
16000
 
1852
 
25000
 
 
25000
 
1853
 
55000
1
 
55000
1
1854
 
85000
1000
 
85000
1000
1855
 
100000
5000
 
100000
5000
1856
 
110000
9000 - 11000
 
110000
10000 - 10984
1857
 
130000
 
 
130000
 
1858
 
140000
 
 
140000
 
1859
 
150000
 
 
160000
 
1860
 
160000
 
 
185000
 
1861
 
184000
 
 
205000
 
1862
 
197000
 
 
210000
 
1863
 
223000
 
 
223000
 
1864
 
250000
 
 
250000
 
1865
 
270000
 
 
270000
 
1866
 
280000
 
 
280000
 
1867
 
290000
 
 
290000
 
1868
 
300000
 
 
300000
 
1869
 
310000
 
 
310000
 
1870
 
320000
 
 
320000
 
1871
 
325000
 
 
325000
 
1872
 
330000
 
 
33000
 
1873
 
331000 - 340000
 
 
331000 - 332993