Suddenly I have an urge for a Percussion Colt..
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    Suddenly I have an urge for a Percussion Colt..

    My problem, Not many choices if any in the Boise area of Idaho for selection. Thus, making my mind up to what model is difficult. Would want one with Display case and or accessory package...Don’t ask me why..I don’t know, Just have this urge to get one...I also would like it to Letter as a Colt and not a reproduction from Istanbul or another 3rd world country.

    PS...Do I want a 2nd Generation or a 3rd Generation Signature Series....

    Feel free to provide suggestions..
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    I've had an 1860 Army when I was young, then a 1851 Navy 2nd gen the past few years. Like the 1851 better, it balances better and feels the right size for my hands. I'd look for one of those, in 2nd. Their polish is very nice, pretty much approaching the Royal Blue.
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    I have that same urge, I've got to have a model 1849 [6+6] but in the last few days i'm leaning towards a 1851 navy.
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    Whats the difference between 1851 and 1861 ?
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    My initial reaction was to say "the difference is 10."

    1851 Col Navy
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    1861 Colt Navy
    1861 Colt Navy.jpg
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    I have several 2nd Gen 1851's and they are all Python quality. I prefer them over the 1861's because of the octagon barrel.
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    You'll want a 2d Generation, of course - that 'will' be able to be lettered.

    As to type, it's been said that the 1861 Navy is the most pleasing in balance and design, especially for smaller hands - as it has the smaller grip of the 1851 Navy, combined with the streamlined look of the 1860 Army - that said, try the feel of both for the ergonomics of it and make your decision on what feels best overall to 'your' hand.

    Accessories abound - even the factory Colt cases can easily be found - and if you want something interesting, then get the Model 1860 Army with a shoulder stock.
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    I've always loved the look of the 1861 Navy 3rd Generation Custer Signature Series Revolver with the engraving but have not ever got around to owning one yet. To me, it is a beautiful revolver and would be an outstanding example to display. I am not sure whether it will "letter" or not.
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    It won't.

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    You'll want a second generation Colt. As stated above the fit, polish, and finish are of exceptional high quality, particularly the 1851 Navy Models which were the first to be produced following the Grant and Lee cased sets, (1971?).


 
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