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Old May 30, 2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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Fluted Cylinders?

Does anyone know when Colt started making the Partially Fluted cylinders?
Why did they go to partially fluted? Is it just for weight reduction?
Admittidly, the partial fluted cylinder looks better than the fully fluted cylinder but it likely has a pratical reason behind it also...
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Old May 30, 2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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I don't know when Colt started doing it but this Bacon pocket revolver(top) was made in 1858. it's serial number 606 out of about 3,000

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Old May 30, 2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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AFAIK the 1862 Pocket Police was the first half fluted model Colt made. As to the reason, I haven't the faintest idea. It may have just been an asthetic design thing.
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Old May 30, 2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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Well as an asthetic thing, it sure worked! It set the stage for revolver design to this day.
I have always thought it was one of the best sculptured lines on any gun!
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