In the Colt vs. Massachusetts Arms Co. of 1851 he describes his gun as:
"The barrel in these pistols is revolved in the following manner:
- There is a ratchet-wheel screwed in the end of the barrel, the barrel
is turned by a lever which is attached to a bridle, which bridle is
attached to the mainspring, and on the forward end of the lever there
is a small dog fastened to the lever with a small spring bearing upon
the dog, - the spring is attached to the lever, which causes the dog
to be thrown into the notches of the ratchet-wheel. By means of pulling
the trigger, it brings clown the mainspring, which brings clown the hind
end of the lever with the mainspring, which causes the front end of the
lever an upward motion, which is then connected with the teeth of the
ratchet-wheel, and that turns the barrel, and the same operation cocks
the lock. When the hammer comes clown on the nipple the mainspring rises
again and draws up the hind end of the lever, which brings the small dog
to another notch of the ratchet-wheel ready to lift again as before."
Non has been identified. Probably pepperbox type.