The Colt Model 1851 Navy was Colt’s premier medium caliber percussion handgun. It was originally designed to be issued to the U. S. Navy, but the U. S. Army purchased most of the guns for their use, especially during the Civil War. It was manufactured from 1850-1873. A total of 215,348 were produced in the Hartford, Connecticut factory. By the end of the Civil War in December 1865, 185,000 had been produced. All 1851 Navy’s were .36 caliber, 6 shot 7.5 inch octagon barrels with attached loading levers. Grips were one piece walnut. Grip straps were silver plated brass. The trigger guard was a large round trigger guard. Three basic barrel markings were used. The standard cylinder scene was the battle between the Texas Navy and Mexico. This particular Colt Model 1851 Navy is old, used and shows wear, but is authentic, all original and very collectible. It is the 4th model with the wedge screw above the wedge. It was manufactured in 1866 bearing all matching serial number 192,383. It is .36 caliber, 6 shot, 7.5” octagon barrel with legible address marking: ADDRESS COL. SAML. COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA. Stamped on the left side of the frame: COLTS/PATENT. Has a nice dark patina. One piece walnut wood grips. Mellow brass straps. Cocks and locks up tight. All nipples present and in good condition. No cylinder scene, but faint date marking. A good collectible, authentic, original post Civil War Colt Model 1851 Navy probably used during the early Indian Wars and westward expansion. COLLECTIBLE ONLY. NOT FOR FIRING.
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