Colt Model 1855 Revolving Shotgun


Log Number: 33487 Category:


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Colt produced the sidehammer-equipped Model 1855 rifle and carbine for military and sporting use. A shotgun version was also made. These long arms were based on the same mechanics as Colt’s “Root” revolvers, named for Elisha K. Root, the holder of the sidehammer patent, who at that time was employed as Colt’s factory superintendent and Chief Engineer.

The Colt Model 1855 revolving shotgun was manufactured in limited numbers. Total production was approximately 1,100  between 1860 and 1863. The estimated production of 20 gauge examples is 500.

History Restored:

  • Repair small gouges and damage to buttstock and forearm
  • Refinish wood with hand rubbed oil finish
  • Polish barrel
  • Polish receiver and parts to period-correct high polish
  • Rust blue barrel
  • Charcoal blue receiver and parts
  • Color case harden hammer and loading lever

Related Content:

Video made by and Rock Island Auction Company, which provides an in-depth look into the mechanics of a Colt Model 1855 revolving shotgun.

Additional information

Log Number 33487






Year of Manufacture

Early 1860s


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