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US Colt Model 1851 .36 Caliber Revolver

  • American Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A widely produced and iconic piece of American history - The Colt 1851 Revolver was mass produced in The US (250,000) with an additional 22,000 produced in London, England. Many European Armies used The Colt 1851. Originally known as The Colt Ranger, it is not truly known where the "Navy" title came from. Some felt that Colt's "Navy" was in response to it's competition (Remington) and their development of The Army .44 Model. The handgun was a cap and ball percussion weapon that fired (6) .36 caliber lead shots. Light in weight at 2.6 pounds, it had an overall length of 13-inches. In addition to it's military applications, The Model 1851 was popular with many frontiersmen and gunfighters of The American West. So reliable, that when the model was finally discontinued in 1873 (with cartridge shot being the standard) - many old "51" owners had their weapons converted over to fire the new ballistics. The weapon was a workhorse for both sides (and in both The Armies and Navies) of The American Civil War.