The 1851 Navy put Colt back on the map and was the first practical service pistol.
For the U.S. military at the beginning of the 19th Century, the single shot muzzleloading pistol was the gun of choice for sidearms. The Army even rejected Samuel Colt’s new revolvers as being too cumbersome and expensive. But that changed at the end of the Mexican War.
Here is all you need to know about the Colt 1851 Navy.
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Colt’s successful military pistols were heavy like the single shot pistols they replaced, too heavy for holster carry, in fact. Thanks to metallurgy advancements, Colt designed a gun for the Navy and it was adopted in 1850 as the Colt 1851 Navy revolver in .36 caliber. When its production ceased in 1873, nearly 300,000 Navy revolvers had been made, and it proved to be the first service pistol a soldier could carry on a hip.
Today, originals and replica guns are still very popular shooters.