In 1871, Colt employee Charles Richards was awarded a patent for converting Colt percussion models to breech loading cartridge revolvers. The Richards cartridge conversion of the 1860 Army was an instant success. On July 2, 1872, William Mason, another Colt employee, was awarded a patent for an improvement to the original Richards patent. The new patent was applied to the 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, and other Colt percussion guns. The Richards-Mason conversions differed from the earlier guns in that the sight remained on the hammer nose, as it did in the percussion models. As the stockpile of percussion parts started dwindling, new parts, namely the barrels, started being made. The 1860 Richards-Mason barrel was changed from the profile of the earlier percussion model, to the sleek profile of the 1871-72 Open Top. New barrels had no provisions for the loading lever of the old percussion guns.

Wages of $1.00 per day did not allow a Cowpoke much disposable cash and a new Richards-Mason conversion revolver could be acquired for as low as $7.50, half the price of other cartridge models of the day.

Cimarron is proud to bring you newly made reproductions of the 1851 Richards-Mason Navy and the 1860 Richards-Mason Army model conversion revolvers. Made for Cimarron by Aldo Uberti & Co., these are fine additions to the extensive line of historical reproductions for the shooter and collector of today. Two years in the making, but well worth the wait! 

Caliber: .44 Colt, .45 Sch.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2", 8"
Weight: 2.55 Lbs, 2.71 Lbs (.44 Colt)
Frames: Forged steel, color case hardened
Stocks: One piece walnut
Finish: Modern blue, silver plated back strap & trigger guard, or custom nickel

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