The Colt 1848 Dragoon was a more compact version of the famous Colt Walker revolver. Colt produced several models of Dragoon revolvers with subtle variations, however the most notable differences from the 1847 Walker are its shorter 7 ½ inch barrel and a loading lever latch, to retain the lever during recoil. The Dragoon was a popular revolver with civilians on the Southwest frontier and was also used during the Civil War.
With the advent of the cartridge-firing revolvers in the 1870’s, a new market was created to convert the classic Cap & Ball revolvers to fire metallic cartridges. The Kirst Cartridge Konverter® allows you to fire cartridges with your Cap & Ball revolver by simply inserting a Konverter ring with a loading gate and a cartridge cylinder. A Dremel tool can be used to open up the loading port for .45 Colt cartridges; instructions and a template are included. (See our FAQ’s page).
The Colt 1847 Walker was developed by Samuel Colt, and influenced by suggestions from former Texas Ranger Samuel Walker, who was serving as captain of the U.S. Regiment of Mounted Riflemen. The 1847 Walker was the original magnum revolver, holding a charge of 60 grains of black powder in each of the six chambers, and was the largest and most powerful black powder repeating handgun ever made.
Now you can convert your Colt Walker reproduction revolver to fire .45 Colt cartridges and to load quick and easy with a Kirst Cartridge Konverter®. NOTE: Kirst Konverter LLC offers a lifetime, no B.S. warranty on all of our Konverters, plus our Konverters have a spring-loaded firing pin, so dry firing won’t damage them, unlike some other company’s converters.