Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

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
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
overall: 5 1/4 in x 13 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm
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accession number
serial number
catalog number
Credit Line
Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Places of Invention
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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I have a round barrel stamped, Pietta 1851 Colt Navy in 44 cal. Was this technically supposed to be an Army model? A bit confusing to say the least. It was a kit gun and is about 1980...ish. It does however utilize 44 cal ball and works very well. Cheers.

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