Civil War M1851 Engraved Gold & Nickel Replica Navy Pistol Non-Firing Replica
This Engraved Colt Navy
Revolver Is A Beauty!
The engraved famous maker Navy revolver was a presentation piece given to high ranking military officers and government officials and was based on the military-issue 1851 Navy revolver, which saw service through the end of the Civil War. This non-firing revolver replica version provides a dramatic illustration of the talents of the factory engravers of the period.
The name "Colt 1851 Navy" was later given by gun collectors; though the popular name "Navy Revolver" is the original popular name as the gun was often called the by the much longer term: "Colt Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Caliber."
Famous "Colt 1851 Navy" users included Wild Bill Hickok, Richard Francis Burton, and Robert E. Lee. This gun was so popular, that long after more modern cartridge revolvers were introduced in 1873, many still preferred to use the Colt 1851 Navy.
Originally, the engraved Colt Navy Revolver was less for service use and distinguished as a presentation piece offered to high-ranking military officers as well as government officials. They were based on the military-issue 1851 Navy revolver that indeed was in service all the way through the conclusion of the Civil War. This non-firing revolver replica is a beautiful illustration of the talents held by Colt factory engravers of that time. Samuel Colt personally designed the Colt Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Caliber between the years 1847 and 1850, with the latter year being the official year it was introduced. The gun stayed in production until 1873 when revolvers that employed fixed cartridges became the staple for general use. Total production numbers of the Colt 1851 Navy were exceeded only by the Colt Pocket models developed shortly after, and numbered a whopping 250,000 domestic units and approximately 22,000 units made in the Colt London Armory.
The 36 caliber Colt 1851 Navy revolver had an overall length of 14 inches, but it weighed just 42 ounces making it much lighter than the contemporary .44 Colt revolvers carried in holsters on the side of a saddle pommel.