MARTIALLY-MARKED, THIRD MODEL COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVER

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Here is an original, U. S. marked, Third Model version of the popular 1851 Colt Navy Revolver in very good overall condition. One of the most sought after models ever produced by Samuel Colt’s firm in Hartford, Connecticut was the Colt Navy pistol, a premier medium caliber handgun. Sam Colt designated the term ‘Navy’ to imply the caliber (.36) of the weapon, and later used the term ‘Army’ for its heavier .44 caliber companion, the Colt Model 1860 Army.

Manufactured sometime in the 1st quarter of 1857, this personal sidearm was likely used before and during the American Civil War. This M1851 Navy bears matching serial number #66471 marked on its components. With a .36 caliber, six-shot capacity cylinder, this cap and ball percussion specimen was one of the 215,000 Colt ‘Navy’ sidearms made through 1873. The revolver features an octagonal 7½” long barrel with attached loading lever. Barrel shows worn edges but a strong maker address that reads “ADDRESS SAM’L COLT NEW YORK CITY”. All gunmetal has been heavily cleaned and exhibits a light gray sheen overall. Areas of old rust pitting and some oxidation visible on the frame and barrel.

Mechanics are very tight with strong half cock and full cock positions. Crisp indexing. Cylinder has been cleaned and bears a large portion of the roll-engraved naval engagement scene between the Republic of Texas Navy and the Mexican Navy. Cylinder has a shiny, light gray patina along with a large area of rust pocking over the scene. All cylinder pins are hammered as normally found and the six original nipples are strong, not chipped or broken. Octagonal barrel with its attached loading lever exhibits no original bluing. “COLTS PATENT” stamp on the left of frame is thin but clear, and also has the martial-mark “U. S.” just below. Frame screws not buggered. The original, one-piece varnished walnut grips are in excellent condition but bear no military inspector cartouches. Slight wood shrinkage visible at the bottom inside corners. Sidearm bears no evidence of silver wash on the brass trigger guard. All brass wears a nice bronze patina.

A very good, highly sought, US- government marked original Colt Navy Model 1851 revolver.

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