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    Posted 13 years ago

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    This item was given to me and I need help to identify what it is. The only markings are on the top of the barrel.


    That is about all I can make out with my handy dandy magnifier.

    O.K. gun people, help me out!!!!

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    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 13 years ago
      Appears to be 1860 army,1861 navy or 1862 police colt revolver.
    2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 13 years ago
      I'm not sure, but I think it's more likely an 1851 Navy. They were made until 1872.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Agree with Chris-- it COULD be a 51 Navy or a 49 pocket model. Caliber will tell for certain. If it is .36 it is the Navy, if .31 it is a pocket model.

      The loading lever and part of the barrel assembly where the lever passes through is not correct for an 1860 Army, 61 Navy or 62 police.

    4. revdave revdave, 13 years ago
      Hey thanks for the info. I thought it was from this time period but was not sure
    5. Martin, 13 years ago
      Ask Clint Eastwood, he used one like that in one of his movies. I remember that lever when he unloaded it.
    6. revdave revdave, 13 years ago
      I think it was in The Outlaw Josey wells. He kicked Butt in all his westerns. Thanks for the reminder.
    7. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 13 years ago
      I think he used something similar in Pale Rider. He'd pull down the loading lever and change out the whole cylinder. Then go back to killing more bad guys.
    8. revdave revdave, 13 years ago
      Your right. He did remove the whol cylinder and he would take another one and put it in. As he would say "Are you gonna go for them there pistols, or are ya gonna just stand there and whistle Dixie?"
    9. Bootson Bootson, 12 years ago
      The pistol from the Clint Eastwood movies was a Remington. You can see a "clip" of one of the gunfight scenes on
    10. flyrr100, 12 years ago
      Clint carried 2 1847 Colt Walkers in Josey Wells. But the prop guys cut loading gates into them so they could shoot cartridges. I've never really heard of Walkers shooting anything but cap and ball.
    11. flyrr100, 12 years ago
      Ok, I was wrong! He used two 2nd model Dragoons in Josey Wells. But I've never seen a Dragoon shoot anything other than cap and ball!
    12. Bootson Bootson, 12 years ago
      I should have been more specific and said the pistol that Eastwood uses in that scene from Pale Rider was a Remington. To remove the cylinder on a Colt you have to remove the barrel first.

      I went back and watched the "clip" from the movie more closely and see that besides switching out the cylinder, Clint's Remington had been converted to fire cartridges.
      You can just as easily switch the original cap & ball cylinder or a cartridge version.

      I don't know how common it was to see cartridge "conversions" but I know there were many cap and ball revolvers that were converted. dad found one in a cow pie in North Dakota, but that's another story.

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