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    Replica 1851 Colt Navy Revolver

    I picked up this Pietta 1851 Colt Navy Black Powder Cap & Ball revolver the other day - $85.00 for the gun and the Cabella's storage bag - $10.00 for the Triple K holster.













    I think I did OK.

    Question - how true to the original are these Pietta replicas?
    Kid Sopris and pistola like this.

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    I believe they are pretty close to the originals. The steels used can be different but the replicas should copy the original dimensions and original designs in every aspect. I believe they do.

    The only Pietta model Im aware of being not quite original is the one I own: the 1851 Navy Confederate. It has a brass frame and is .44 caliber. I believe there is some controversy about its existence. Despite of that it seems to be a reliable gun: Ive got it less than a month ago and Ive already put 100+ rounds trough it. Seems to work and group fine (just a little high and to the left).

    Congratulations on your purchase. Very nice pics.

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    Nice, but that's not a '51.
    Denis

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    Your gun is better than a copy of an 1851 Navy. It's an 1860 Army. Great deal! VTI in Ct. has extra barrels for about $110. I bring that up because they sell the short 3" Avenging Angel barrel if you want to swap barrels and shoot a snub nose.

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    A great deal!!

    For the price you got a great deal. The pictures are great as well. As soon as I looked at your pictures and saw .44 Caliber, I knew it was an Army rather than a Navy (.36 Cal). When you pull this puppy to clean her up before firing or cleaning afterwards it should be a real learning experience.






    I own several Uberti and Pietta Replicas of Colts 1851 Navy. Sam Colt manufactured and sold thousands of them during the Civil War. When he started upgrading with the 1860 and 1861 Models in addition to some other changes he stream lined the shape of the barrel where the loading lever sits. The differences in design catch the eye real quick like.

    By the time Colt got around to producing the 1862 Police, with it's distinct look and fluted cylinders they were a work of art. The 1862 Police was the last black powder, cap & ball percussion revolver Colt produced. They ended production around the early 1870's when both Colt and S&W Patents ran out. Then it was time for cartridge conversions to begin and production of cartridge firing 6 Guns.

    The replicas are of course a far better grade of steel than the originals. They weren't called shooting irons for nothing. Some of them had thin cylinder walls and a fragile assembly of flat and leaf springs. Earlier productions like the Paterson were packed with little extra parts that were discarded in later models. The internal parts closely resembled watches of the time and were complex. But by 1847 Colt had a lot of the bugs worked out and by 1860 when the Civil War started out, he was producing weapons capable of with standing action on the battle fields.

    You have yourself a great representative piece of history there. If you take it to a range and put a few rounds through it you may find yourself buying a few more. If you start collecting them they grow real fast like and can get a bit expensive.
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    Who and where do they sell the 3" barrel for the 1860. Always wanted one!

    Ronin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roninrlm View Post
    Who and where do they sell the 3" barrel for the 1860.
    Here
    VTIGunparts.com Shopping Cart Order - Pietta 1860 Army 1861 Navy

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    Thanks to all for re-identifying this gun for me.

    Can't wait to get to the range and try it out.

    Pietta recommends 12-15 grains of FFFg powder and a .454" ball.

    Does anyone have first-hand knowledge of a better powder for this gun?

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    3F is fine, but the gun should easily handle a stiffer charge than 15 grains in a .44.
    What would you consider a "better" powder?
    3F is a granulation, not a specific powder, in case you didn't know.
    Denis


 

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