How Lucky is the Cloverleaf?
The gun had its own odd dimensions that didn’t quite mimic anything on the market. The cylinder pin could be removed and used as a manual extractor, akin to the Rollin White Arms Co. pocket revolver.
Colt made 9,952 of these little guns before discontinuing them in 1876—almost certainly to free up production resources for the Lightning pistols, which proved to be much more competitive and successful.
Nonetheless, the Cloverleaf remains an interesting Colt collecting oddity, and one that novice collectors will find more affordable than some of the company’s earlier percussion revolvers.