Original U.S. Civil War Colt 1861 Navy .36 Caliber Pistol Serial No 5825 - Produced in 1862
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition example of a Colt Navy percussion revolver manufactured in 1862 making this a rare second year of production example. This Colt 1861 Navy .36 caliber revolver with a 7½” round barrel, has serial number 5825 on the grip, frame, barrel, and back strap. The serial number on the cylinder is unfortunately illegible, though some of the cylinder scene is still visible.
Gun is in very good condition and fully functional. Action and barrel frame lock up are tight. Barrel marking reads ADDRESS COL. SAM L COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA. There is also traces of the original cartouche on the left grip scale.
A nice, sharp gun but used gun that works perfectly. Perfect for any civil war pistol collection.
The Colt Model 1861 Navy cap & ball .36-caliber revolver was a six-shot, single-action percussion weapon produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1861 until 1873. It incorporated the "creeping" or ratchet loading lever and round barrel of the .44-caliber Army Model of 1860 but had a barrel one half inch shorter, at 7.5 inches. Total production was 38,000 revolvers.
Like its forerunner, the Colt 1851 Navy Revolver, it saw widespread use in the American Civil War and on the American Western frontier, though far fewer were produced. It has the same general specification as the earlier model, but with a rounded barrel and somewhat different rammer. While similar in design to the Colt Army Model 1860, the lighter recoil of the 1861 Navy's .36 caliber was preferred by some cavalry soldiers.
There were few variations of the Model 1861 Navy Colt. Approximately 100 of the first guns made had fluted cylinders with no cylinder scene. Another 100, made between the serial ranges of 11,000 and 14,000 were cut for a shoulder stock — the lower portion of the recoil shield was milled away and a fourth screw for the stock was added to the frame. With the exception of the first fifty or so of this model, all guns had a capping groove. A brass trigger guard and back strap, silver-plated, were standard.
During the Civil War its main competitor in England was the Adams self-cocking revolver. The Adams fired a .49 caliber bullet and did not require the shooter to pull the hammer back. Colt's revolver was more popular because Colt mass-produced his weapons while Adams' products were handmade by skilled artisans. In the United States, Colt's main rival was the Remington Model 1858 revolver.
The Colt 1861 Navy typically was used with paper cartridges, that is, with a cartridge consisting of nitrated paper, a pre-measured black powder charge, and a bullet that was either a lead round ball or a lead conical bullet. The nitrated paper of the cartridge was completely consumed upon use, and the use of paper cartridges enabled faster re-loading. Alternatively, it was always possible to load with measured powder charges and lead round balls.
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