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Colt Dragoon

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Original Colt Dragoon 1st Model - .44 Cal. Designed to address some of the problems encountered with the Colt Walker.
3rd Model Colt Dragoon with a long barrel.
Colt Dragoon 3rd model - .44 cal

The Colt Dragoon followed the short run Colt Walker, reusing many of the development expenses, and was Colt's first truly successful revolver. Significantly more Colt Dragoons were produced than Colt's prior designs combined. It would be followed by the Colt 1848 Pocket, Colt 1849 Pocket, and Colt 1851 Navy.

Due to widespread Belgian counterfeits while Colt's own manufacturing was unable to meet demand for the revolvers, Colt would resort to offering infringing manufacturers of sufficient quality a choice between paying a fee to be officially licensed or being sued. Those that paid the fee had their guns stamped "Colt Brevete" (Colt's patent). These, the many non-licensed copies, and copies made after Colt's patent expired will often differ visually from originals. As these copies are of relatively low value, relatively common in Europe, and predate availability of modern replicas, they will sometimes show up in media (particularly older films). Like many of the more popular percussion revolvers, modern replicas are widely available, often in non-historical configuration.



  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .44 ball
  • Weight: 4.25 lbs (1.93 kg)
  • Length: 14.75 in (37.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 7.5 in (19 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: Single Action

The Colt Dragoon and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Cowboys A boy 1972
The Long Riders Keith Carradine Jim Younger 1980
Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke Nick Ray 3rd Model 1980
Christopher Walken Nathan D. Champion
Journey Southwest (Cesta na jihozápad) Milan Sandhaus Jones Supposedly European copy; with carbine rear sight 1989
Jirí Strach Ben
Quigley Down Under Laura San Giacomo Cora 2nd Model 1990
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Temuera Morrison The Hangman 2000
Bandidas Sam Shepard Bill Buck 3rd Model 2006
Seraphim Falls Liam Neeson Carver 2006
Pierce Brosnan Gideon
Lucky Luke Jean-François Balmer Coop 2009
Mathias Sandor Young Luke
True Grit Hailee Steinfeld Mattie Ross 2010
Cowboys & Aliens Walton Goggins Hunt 2011
The Last Stand Peter Stormare Burell 1st Model 2013
The Homesman Tim Blake Nelson Freighter 2014
News of the World Fred Hechinger John Calley 2020
Tom Hanks Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd


Title Actor Character Note Date
North and South Patrick Swayze Lt. Orry Main Cartridge 1985
James Read Lt. George Hazard
North and South: Book II A Confederate Sergeat Possibly cartridge 1986


Title Character Note Date
Case Closed - Season 27 Akihiko Takarada "Bakumatsu Revolution Mystery Tour (Yamaguchi Arc)" & "Bakumatsu Revolution Mystery Tour (Hagi Arc)", golden finish 2017-2018

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