Colt 1851 Navy- Refinished? Fake?
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    Colt 1851 Navy- Refinished? Fake?

    Hi,
    For sale near me "Colt 1851 Navy". Looks fishy to me but I've never held one. Refinished? Outright fake? Appreciate your comments....
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    It looks like it has been aggressively refinished. This would drop its value considerably.
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    Barrel still looks really nice. Frame, cyl, straps and stocks, not so much. 300-400 max.
    Can be turned into a decent shooter but check lockup on all chambers, lockslots are shallow because of buffing.

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    The loading rammer number doesn't match. Not sure about some of the other numbers. All cyl scene removed. Current value est at $560.

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    Refinished yes. Aggressively I‘m not so sure. Most of the edges seem straight and the areas around the screws don’t look dished to me. The locking slots do look shallow but with a little work I think they could be made right. Of course safety is key so wall thickness at those slots is something to consider, but I definitely see potential as a shooter. Which, and I won’t guess how much, would make it worth more than a $300-$400 prospect around these parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    The loading rammer number doesn't match.

    That is incorrect, sir. On small parts Colt would only use the last 3-4 numbers of the entire serial number, probably as assembly numbers to keep fitted parts together.


    Revolver S/N is 107915.




    Rammer partial S/N is 7915.



    The barrel address is the Late New York Address, with a S/N range ~101000/~215000, which is correct for this gun.




    Apologies to the OP for my downloading/rotating/cropping your photos.

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    Jim


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    most appreciative of the formatting fixes and helpful comments


 

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