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Colt Model 1855 Half Stock Sporting Rifle
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:05:33 AM »

Colt Model 1855 Half Stock Sporting Rifle is serial number 1427.  It has a 27 barrel in .36 caliber and has a 6 shot cylinder.  Most of these will have a higher figured walnut stock as this one does and will have a nicely blued frame, cylinder and triggerguard.  The hammer, buttplate and lever will be casehardened and the barrel is browned.  These were offered in three different barrel lengths: 24, 27 and 30 and in three calibers: .36, .44 and .56 (5 shot cylinder).  Supposedly they were also available in .40 and .50, but I have never seen one or heard of an actual example.
It is thought that these were made from 1857 to 1864 and some estimates of quantity are from 1,000 to 1,500.  It is hard to tell as in this series (all Model 1855 rifles, muskets and carbines) were serial numbered by caliber, not the entire run.  For example, there could be the same serial number of a Half Stock rifle in .36 caliber and a Full Stock rifle.  Many believe that the actual number of Half Stock Sporting Rifles is lower than what has been reported and repeated.  The wiping rod below the barrel has a threaded end.  Under a screw in the buttplate is a cleaning tip that is to be attached for cleaning the barrel.

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Re: Colt Model 1855 Half Stock Sporting Rifle
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013, 05:53:26 PM »

That sure is a gorgeous specimen!
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