Manhattan Fire Arms Co. "Navy" Series I, .36 Percussion
Although the Manhattan Fire Arms Co.'s "Navy" revolver was never officially adopted as a martial arm by the Union, many soldiers carried it as their personal side arm (volunteers had to provide their own guns), and was also used extensively as a back-up weapon by those going into the civil war. It closely resembles the Colt 1851 "Navy" and also the 1849 pocket revolver, however there are some notable improvements - like the safety notches between chambers - which made this a very popular gun.  ​​
This specimen is the early "Series I", with a scarce 6 1/2 inch barrel and five-shot cylinder. It is in fine condition, with all matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, grip strap, trigger guard, and wedge. There is some thin blue left on the barrel and about 50% of the silver plating on the trigger guard and back strap. The action is crisp and tight, the indexing is accurate and the cylinder locks up properly. The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp, with very minor erosion along the length of the bore. The nipples are undamaged and not corroded. The vignettes on the cylinder are crisp and most of them quite recognizable. The one-piece walnut grip is in excellent condition, without cracks and only a couple of very small chips missing out of the butt. Most of the varnish is intact, and there are only minor handling marks. SN 2524, rated very fine overall.


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