Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

The Model 1851 Navy was Colt’s most popular percussion revolver. Nearly a quarter million of the iconic .36 caliber six-shot model were produced between 1850 and 1873. The term "Navy" refers to the caliber of the revolver, not necessarily the branch of service. The .44 caliber revolvers are called "Army" and .36 caliber revolvers are called "Navy." The 1851 Navy was used by a number of famous soldiers and lawmen as well as infamous outlaws in American history.
Object Name
revolver, percussion
date made
Colt, Samuel
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
overall: 5 1/4 in x 13 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm
overall: 1 3/4 in x 13 1/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 4.445 cm x 33.655 cm x 13.6525 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
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accession number
serial number
catalog number
related event
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Places of Invention
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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