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.

Date Made: 1861

Licensee: Colt, SamuelMaker: Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Related Event: Civil War


See more items in: Military and Society: Armed Forces History, Military, Civil War, Military, Revolvers


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Credit Line: Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0399.0696Accession Number: 1980.0399Serial Number: 103554Catalog Number: 1980.0399.0696

Object Name: Revolverrevolver, percussionOther Terms: Revolver; Firearms; Navy; Percussion Fire; .36 In; .36 In; Rifled; Muzzle Load; 2B; Sa

Measurements: overall: 5 1/4 in x 13 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1005116

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