An 1849 Colt Baby Dragoon revolver is going up for auction and there is sure to be a lot of interest in owning this antique firearm. Not only is the revolver a rare piece as one of the last of these firearms manufactured by Colt, but its provenance is sure to raise bidding enthusiasm: it was owned by James Brady who was permanently disabled in the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.
His wife, Sarah Brady, became the leader of Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI) which later became the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She gave all the household firearms to their gardener which included the rare1849 Colt Baby Dragoon.
This revolver has passed through several hands and is owned by Jim Copley, who is going to auction it off on GunAuction.com. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Second Amendment Foundation and will be used to fight the restrictive firearms laws that the Brady Center spawned.
Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and Executive Vice President, said in a press release “We’re honored that Jim and GunAuction.com have decided to donate part of the auction proceeds of this particular revolver. I can promise that SAF will use every penny to advance the cause of winning firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.” Mr. Gottlieb added “If the proceeds from the sale of this valuable antique helps overturn just one unconstitutional gun law supported by the Brady Center, then it will be worth it.”