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Colt 1861 Navy Thuer Conversion
Here is a rare example of Colt's first revolver chambered for a metallic cartridge. These were made from 1869-1872. Only about 5,000 were produced. Calibers included .31, .36, and .44. The models converted were the 49 Pocket, 51 Navy, 60 Army, 61 Navy, 62 Police, and the 62 Pocket Navy. The one shown below is the 1861 Navy. These pistols are strange starting the tapered Thuer cartridge. Cylinders are front loading. They were front loaders so they wouldn't violate the Rollin White patent. The Rollin White patent was for a bored through cylinder that would accept a metallic cartridge. President Grant was instrumental in the Rollin White patent not being extended. He was not very fond of the patent and how it affected the Civil War.