Identification by Serial Number ranges
 
This page gives known serial number ranges for each of the main variants of the Pocket '49. These are taken from Jordan & Watts book. Other sources can and do give slightly different results, as there is no 100% certain way of knowing the start and end ranges for any particular variant or year of manufacture. It is also important to note that serial number ranges overlap, both between the four main types, and their variants. Use the preceding identification, based on parts images, to narrow down the identification. Alternatively go to the "Self-check" page for a more accurate identification based on a large range of self-selectable criteria. Other important notes are referenced at the foot of the page.
Serial numbers appear in 8 to 10 places on each gun and can be abbreviated, depending on the model of '49 you are looking at. For details go to "Location and Length of Serial Numbers"
Model
Start
End
Year
1 Production

Baby Dragoon without Rammer

1
249
1847
250
250
4999
1848
4,750
5000
9999
1849
7,000
10000
14152
1850
1,350

Baby Dragoon with Rammer

11670
15461
1850
1,530

Wells Fargo - Short Frame

14462
15999
1850
510
16000
24999
1851
540
25000
54999
1852
200
55000
63348
1853
950

Wells Fargo - Long Frame

78488
84999
1853
50
85000
99999
1854
100
100000
109999
1855
950
110000
129999
1856
1,950
130000
139999
1857
300
140000
159999
1858
650
160000
164182
1859
200

2-Line New York

14454
15999
1850
610
16000
24999
1851
8,800
25000
54999
1852
29,460
55000
84999
1853
29,000
85000
99999
1854
14,900
100000
109999
1855
9,050
110000
129999
1856
18,050
130000
139999
1857
9,700
140000
159999
1858
19,350
160000
174537
1859
21,180

2-Line Hartford

171452
184999
1859
3,620
185000
204999
1860
14,880
205000
206532
1861
1,500

1-Line New York

187131
204999
1860
5,120
205000
209999
1861
3,500
210000
222999
1862
12,510
223000
249999
1863
25,990
250000
269999
1864
19,250
270000
279999
1865
9,620
280000
289999
1866
9,620
290000
299999
1867
9,620
300000
309999
1868
9,620
310000
319999
1869
9,620
320000
324999
1870
4,810
325000
329999
1871
4,810
330000
330999
1872
960
331000
332993
1873
1,950

London

1
999
1853
1,000
1000
4999
1854
4,000
5000
9999
1855
5,000
10000
10984
1856
755

Notes:
  1. Production figures can only be ESTIMATES. They are based on a combination of factors including: start and end numbers, the range of guns sighted by J&W during their research, known events such as the 1864 factory fire; and general ratios of each model.
  2. Rare 3 inch barrel '49s, with 2-Line New York address, are known to exist with serial numbers in the 183000 range (approx. 190); the 209000 range (approx. 5); and the 224000 range (approx. 5)