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Title: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Long Johns Wolf on September 04, 2019, 03:21:15 am
Howdy from Germany,
The deeper I dig into these 1861s the more questions I have like:
# Did Colt ever make the 3-screw variants with two notches in the recoil shield like one finds in the 4-screw models?
# If I understand my literature correctly most of the 3-screw frame variants from the Hartford factory were fitted with TGs & BSs made of brass. However, are originals known with steel TGs & BSs, or brass TGs but steel BSs?
Thanks for your help.
Long Johns Wolf
Title: Re: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Coffinmaker on September 04, 2019, 07:38:48 pm

Ah HA  :D   Finally a question I can give you a definitive answer.   NOT   A   CLUE    ::)
Title: Re: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Fingers McGee on September 04, 2019, 11:15:06 pm
Accordig to Wikipedia:

Characteristics:

There were few variations of the Model 1861 Navy Colt. Approximately 100 of the first guns made had fluted cylinders with no cylinder scene. Another 100, made between the serial ranges of 11,000 and 14,000 were cut for a shoulder stock ? the lower portion of the recoil shield was milled away and a fourth screw for the stock was added to the frame. With the exception of the first fifty or so of this model, all guns had a capping groove. A brass trigger guard and back strap, silver-plated, were standard. The cylinders of the Navy 1851 and 1861 Navy Colt revolvers are engraved with a scene of the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche on May 16, 1843. The engraving was provided by Waterman Ormsby.

Total production between 1861 and 1873 was only 38,000

Fingers (Show Me MO smoke)  McGee
Title: Re: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Long Johns Wolf on September 09, 2019, 01:50:31 am
Thanks for the replies.
If I understand you Gentlemen correctly the TGs & BSs made of brass were standard.
Does this imply BSs & TGs made of steel could possibly be original?
Long Johns Wolf
Title: Re: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Major 2 on September 09, 2019, 08:58:32 am
London address contract Navy s spec'ed steel TG & Back-strap
Title: Re: Original Colt 1861 Navy - Information Requested
Post by: Long Johns Wolf on September 09, 2019, 09:16:10 am
Thanks, Major!
Long Johns Wolf