Colt M1851 "Navy" .36 Caliber Percussion

One of the Colonel's most famous creations was the 1851 Navy model, which to this day is one of the most-collected Colt handguns. Colt made some 215,000 of these between 1850 and 1873, with another 52,000 made at Colt's London factory. Add to this the many imitations and knock-off designs, and it is not surprising that the 1851 Colt has become one of the most recognizable percussion guns ever made.
This specimen was manufactured in 1855 and bears the Colt "New York" address, although all of their guns were made at the Hartford, CT factory. New York just sounded more impressive, and many makers kept at least a small office in this city to be able to claim its prestige. The gun bears none of the original finish except for a few traces of silver on the trigger guard. The barrel and frame are a greyish brown patina. The action is accurate however, and the barrel is surprisingly clean and shiny, and the rifling is very strong. The naval battle scene on the cylinder is well visible, and all the markings are sharp. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard and wedge. The rammer's number is off by a few hundred and probably a period replacement. The grip is excellent, with 90% original varnish and few handling marks. The nipples show light corrosion, but are intact and undamaged. SN 36923 rated very good to fine overall.



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