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Pietta "reproduction" Colt 1851 Navy revolver

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    Posted 3 months ago

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    This is modern Italian "reproduction" of a Colt firearm which never actually existed. It is based on the Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver, a six shot single action percussion black powder revolver. The Navy model was a very popular revolver in its time and was adopted by both the U.S. and British military. It received its name from examples which had engraving on the cylinder depicting the Texas Navy's victory over the Mexican fleet in 1843. Colt produced it for customers with a steel frame in either .34 or .36 caliber with a 7.5" barrel and weighing in at 2.6 lbs. The Colt Navy was never actually produced by Colt in the .44 caliber with a 5.5" barrel or with a brass frame. There were some contemporary copies made by other manufacturers with a shorter barrel and brass frame, though. These shorter barrelled revolvers are called "Sheriff Models" because the shorter barrels make them less bulky and easier to carry and to draw, like something a sheriff might carry. This is a fully functional firearm, weighing about the same as the original, though not recommended for frequent shooting of full power loads due to its weaker brass frame. I actually use this revolver as a paperweight and it sits on my desk. I do have other steel frame black powder revolvers that I shoot. I just added this to my collection because I liked the brass frame. It is a very pretty firearm and extremely well made.

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    1. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 months ago
      Beautiful firearm, I've always loved the brass framed cap and ball pistols.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      @Toyrebel - Thanks for your comment! It is purty!

      Thanks for loving my paperweight yougottahavestuff and Toyrebel!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thank you Thomas and fortapache!
    4. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 months ago
      Awesome pistol. I had one like it and traded it for a riding lawnmower back in the 70s. Been sorry ever since but kept the big lawn mowed for a long time.
    5. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thank you Alesia!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 months ago
      Never heard of a .34 cal. Colt. I've had and shot many original Colts, especially the Navy & pocket .31's. My 1st (and only) multiple/chain fire was with a 6" barrel Navy. Hey, I was 9 yrs. old & didn't know about Crisco sealing of the chambers. All 6 went off ! One down range, 4 to either side & one was molded into the loading lever. I prefer learning from other people's mistakes ! Only repro. I've ever fired, was a friend's 3rd model Dragoon. Really liked it, except the weight. Little short of 5 lbs. ! LUV blk. pdr. ! Need to shoot my blunderbusses !
    7. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      @Rattletrap - Thanks for your comment. Sometimes tools must come before toys. If you live near a Cabelas, they sometimes have really good sales on these pistols.

      @blunderbuss2 - Thanks for your comment and story! I use slightly over sized balls so the chambers are well sealed. Never had a problem. (Knock on wood). I prefer to use a loading stand instead of loading the cylinder in the pistol, especially with Sheriff models. Keeps the fouling on the cylinders down and powder grains out of the gun. Colt also made a small run of .40 caliber Navies for testing by the government.

      Thanks Jenni, Rattletrap and blunderbuss2!
    8. Gonavy Gonavy, 3 months ago
      I love it being a Navy man myself and a beautiful firearm.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks Gonavy!

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