More about the Coppell Classification
More about the Coppell Classification: From 1959 to 1973 the original New Model Army project evolved or spread out into 5 basic models, namely:
# 1st Model, Regular New Model Army or RNMA
# 2nd Model or Civilian Model
# 3rd Model or Cavalry Model
# 4th Model or Marshal Modell
# 5th Model or Pocket Army
2009 the FROCS Special or 4th variation of the Pocket Army was added as a commemorative for the global FROCS community.
The common characteristics of these models are highlighted in color coded tables in the following chapters.
During their life circle, however, all these models underwent some evolution with more or less distinct external or internal changes. This next level of differentiation of the model is termed
Variation. You will be surprised by the number of variations we have to recognize for some of the models:
# 1st Model or Regular New Model Army or RNMA: 7 variations incl. factory engraved variants
# 2nd Model or Civilian Model: 2 variations
# 3rd Model or Cavalry Model: 2 variations
# 4th Model or Marshal Model: 2 variations incl. factory engraved variants
# 5th Model or Pocket Army: 3 variations
The key features of these variations are presented in additional color coded tables. The color code selected is defined by their respective model, see above. Specific background information is provided as well.
For some of these variations clusters of Centaures were recognized with further minor common modifications. For a correct assignment these pistols were collected under the heading
Sub-variation of the respective variation. Their specific properties are presented in color coded tables together with supportive data from various sources. Again the color code used is defined by their respective model and variation, see above.
Before we proceed to the details in the following chapters let’s add a caveat here. Sequences of models, variations and sub-variations of New Model Army variants are not necessarily in line with the year of their production or launch to the markets. They rather reflect the time of first (re-) discovery and documentation in the survey when Panhandle Paden and me started with the Coppell Classification in early 2008.
Sorry, pards & pardettes for any irritations.
WDN/March 22, 2013
© 2007 Wolf D. Niederastroth