Introduction

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.

Contents
Home The site's starting page
Home
  Other Books Comments on, and comparisons with other valuable Pocket '49 references
Other Books
    Flayderman's

Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms 8th Edition

Flayderman
    Blue Book
Blue Book of Gun Values, by S P Fjestad - 25th Anniversary Edition
Blue Book
    P L Shumaker
COMING SOON
Shumaker
    R L Wilson R L Wilson - Colt An American Legend
Wilson
  Addendum Changes to Jordan & Watt's book since publication
Addendum
 
Introduction Opening comments, and links to the rest of the site
Introduction
 
Definitions Pictures and descriptions of the 8 major model types
Definitions
 
Parts Picture and names for all the major gun component parts
parts
 
Identification Links to pages describing the major identifying features.
Identification
  Serial Numbers The serial number and dates of manufacture for each model
Serial Numbers
  Locations Places on the each model where serial numbers should be found
Serial No. Locations
  Self-check
COMING SOON
Self Check
  Barrel Address Images and descriptions for the 18 main variants of the barrel address
Addresses
  Shots per Cylinder Serial number ranges, for each model, of the 5 and 6-shot variants
Shots
  Cylinder Scenes Serial number ranges, for each model, of the two cylinder scene variants
Scenes
  Trigger Guards Serial number ranges, for each model, of the various trigger guards
Trigger Guards
  Grips Descriptions and images of the different grips (shape, fit, and finish)
Grips
  "31 Cal" on Bolster Explanation and images of the 31 calibre marking on some guns
31 CAL
  "Colt's Patent" on frame
COMING SOON
Colts Patent
 
Values Comments on ways to value the guns
Values
  Historic Approximate values based on recently sold examples
Historic
  Shumate's "Appraisal Grid" An appraisal grid system developed by William M. Shumate
W M Shumate
 
Links connections to other sites of interest to the Pocket '49 collector
Links
 
Darrow Watt Obituary to Darrow, on his death in January 2002, by Robert Jordan
Darrow Watt
 

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