SCARCE Antique COLT M1861 NAVY RICHARDS-MASON Conversion .38 Revolver
SCARCE 1 of only 2,200 Manufactured!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1861 Navy Richards-Mason Conversion Revolver, manufactured in the mid-1870s. Only around 2,200 of these revolvers were manufactured around the mid-1870s as cartridge revolvers using percussion parts on hand and newly fabricated cartridge revolver components. They are generally numbered in the 100-3300 range like this revolver. It has a blade front sight and a hammer notch rear sight.
The introduction of the 1861 Navy was simply an update to the very successful 1851 Navy, with the primary differences being the round barrel instead of octagonal, and the addition of the creeping style of loading lever. These updates made for a sleek package that very much resembled Colt’s crowning achievement, the 1860 Army. The original Model 1861 Navy still retained its .36 caliber, making this the preferred firearm for many not wanting to step up to a .44 caliber like the Army, while still sharing most of its dimensions.
The Colt 1861 Navy was formally adopted by the Union government and was used by both the Army and the Navy. Many of those sold to the military were never martially inspected or marked. Of course, there was a healthy commercial market for these during the war, and many soldiers privately purchased these revolvers as well. In a slightly smaller and lighter package than its 1860 Army big brother, many soldiers and cavalry preferred the Navy in .36 caliber. Of course, these weapons continued to be used well after the Civil War, especially during Westward Expansion.
The overall condition is fair. Patinated. The action is strong. The bore is in very good condition with nice rifling. The barrel wedge is a later aluminum replacement—the barrel assembly does have a bit of movement. The grip shows much use though it remains solid. The numbers match.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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