In Jordan & Watt's book more than 40 identifying features for each variant of the '49 are described. This site does not attempt to replicate all those. Rather, I have selected the most easily recognised features, and show them here to help identify the variants of the '49.
I strongly recommend you obtain a copy of the original book if you need more details.
Remember - this site only offers a taste of the full volume. As such, there is an increased likelihood that rare or previously unknown variants will not be recognised by the tools used here. DO NOT assume that because this site describes a variant as "unidentified" it does not exist, or is a fake. Check carefully with other sources first.
Click on Definitions to see the main varieties and range of features we use for identification. From there you can also reach our special self-checking facility to assist with identification of your gun.
The section on Values, gives a couple of ways to obtain an approximate set of values for different types and qualities of guns.
There are many ways to navigate around the site; from the menu bar at the top of each page, the CONTENTS list below here, and various embedded links throughout the document.
|Home||The site's starting page|
|Other Books||Comments on, and comparisons with other valuable Pocket '49 references|
Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms 8th Edition
Blue Book of Gun Values, by S P Fjestad - 25th Anniversary Edition
|P L Shumaker||
|R L Wilson||R L Wilson - Colt An American Legend|
|Addendum||Changes to Jordan & Watt's book since publication|
|Introduction||Opening comments, and links to the rest of the site|
|Definitions||Pictures and descriptions of the 8 major model types|
|Parts||Picture and names for all the major gun component parts|
|Identification||Links to pages describing the major identifying features.|
|Serial Numbers||The serial number and dates of manufacture for each model|
|Locations||Places on the each model where serial numbers should be found|
|Barrel Address||Images and descriptions for the 18 main variants of the barrel address|
|Shots per Cylinder||Serial number ranges, for each model, of the 5 and 6-shot variants|
|Cylinder Scenes||Serial number ranges, for each model, of the two cylinder scene variants|
|Trigger Guards||Serial number ranges, for each model, of the various trigger guards|
|Grips||Descriptions and images of the different grips (shape, fit, and finish)|
|"31 Cal" on Bolster||Explanation and images of the 31 calibre marking on some guns|
|"Colt's Patent" on frame||
|Values||Comments on ways to value the guns|
|Historic||Approximate values based on recently sold examples|
|Shumate's "Appraisal Grid"||An appraisal grid system developed by William M. Shumate|
|Links||connections to other sites of interest to the Pocket '49 collector|
|Darrow Watt||Obituary to Darrow, on his death in January 2002, by Robert Jordan|