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Hi all,

I've recently got into Colt revolvers, both SAAs and the old C&B models. I picked this one up at a local firearms store, but I'm having difficulty finding information on it. I believe from what I've been able to find, that it's a 2nd generation, but not positive. Would love some input if anyone can help! I'm also trying to figure out if I can at some point get a conversion cylinder for this, maybe from Taylors, and have one from Pietta or Uberti fit, and be safe to fire smokeless 38LC out of it. It was $500 out the door so I'm hoping I didn't overpay, but for the condition(seems to be unfired), I couldn't say no. Thank you! View attachment 688471 View attachment 688473 View attachment 688475 View attachment 688477
 

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It is a 2nd gen, and you didn't spend too much. A Uberti conversion cylinder would be the one to fit to it. Keeping in mind that the barrels on .36 Navies are .375 in and the 38 special are .357.

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It is a 2nd generation Colt 1861 Navy. The model number is F-1300. The serial number range is 40000 to 43165. The price range for the standard production models are roughly $600 to $900. So you did well on your purchase.

What puzzles me is the finish on your gun. There are two models of the 1861 Navy, 2nd generation: The standard production model (F1300) has a blue finish (below is the '2nd' serial number of the series - 40001) and the 8 stainless steel models (F1310 - this one is number 7 of eight) is 'stainless steel.' Could your gun be one of those Colt 'mysteries?'

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It is a 2nd gen, and you didn't spend too much. A Uberti conversion cylinder would be the one to fit to it. Keeping in mind that the barrels on .36 Navies are .375 in and the 38 special are .357.

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Thank you for the information! I've read that hollow based wadcutters might be my best friend when shooting through the conversion cylinder, so I might look into that.
 

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It is a 2nd generation Colt 1861 Navy. The model number is F-1300. The serial number range is 40000 to 43165. The price range for the standard production models are roughly $600 to $900. So you did well on your purchase.

What puzzles me is the finish on your gun. There are two models of the 1861 Navy, 2nd generation: The standard production model (F1300) has a blue finish (below is the '2nd' serial number of the series - 40001) and the 8 stainless steel models (F1310 - this one is number 7 of eight) is 'stainless steel.' Could your gun be one of those Colt 'mysteries?'

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Thank you for all that awesome info. I think it's definitely the finish on the left. It might just be the lighting that was used when I took the pictures, but it definitely has that dark blueing from the first photo you posted.
 

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If the OP’s ‘61 was, in fact, a stainless model, then he picked it up at about $20k below current value. They made only a handful of them.
 
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