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Help me identify this gun.
« on: March 05, 2013, 12:44:43 pm »
I know it's a Colt. It says 36 Cal.  We're thinking Spanish American war time period.  It appears to use some type of snap caps or something. 

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    Re: Help me identify this gun.
    « Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 12:48:06 pm »
    Looks like a model 1861 Navy
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    « Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 12:58:31 pm »
    The barrel contours say it's an 1851 Navy.

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    « Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 01:27:00 pm »
    The barrel contours say it's an 1851 Navy.

    I agree.  The 1861 had a ratcheting loading lever not hinged like the '51.
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    « Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 01:55:53 pm »
    Well. It does have a loading lever that seems to load into the cylinder. 
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    « Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 02:05:35 pm »
    Most cap and ball revolvers have loading levers (the exception being some pocket models that have a separate loading ram)

    This is what an 1861 Colt looks like though:
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    « Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 02:29:50 pm »
    After looking at the 1851 navy, that is what it is.  It has screw placements in the same spots.  Now to determine value to see if my in-laws should fight for keeping it from the other family they don't get along with.
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    « Reply #7 on: March 05, 2013, 02:31:32 pm »
    And based on serial number this guy was made in 1868.
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    « Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013, 05:46:19 pm »
    1851 Navy, one of my favorite cap and ball guns!
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    « Reply #9 on: March 05, 2013, 06:21:30 pm »
    After looking at the 1851 navy, that is what it is.  It has screw placements in the same spots.  Now to determine value to see if my in-laws should fight for keeping it from the other family they don't get along with.

    I'm no expert, but looking at the auction sites I'd say it's somewhere in the broad range of $1500-$6000. Getting a Colt factory letter will help its value: http://www.coltsmfg.com/CustomerServices/ArchiveServices.aspx
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    « Reply #10 on: March 05, 2013, 06:39:01 pm »
    Thanks.  Just checked the colt site.  They don't have info on this serial since it is 209xxx.
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    « Reply #11 on: March 05, 2013, 06:44:27 pm »
    Cabelas just offered $385 for it.  I passed. 
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    « Reply #12 on: March 05, 2013, 06:52:01 pm »
    Cabelas just offered $385 for it.  I passed. 

    That's fluffing insulting.
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    « Reply #13 on: March 05, 2013, 07:32:56 pm »
    Getting a quote from any big box store will just insult you.  It looks more like a "shooter" than a "collector" piece as the finish is non-existent, cylinder scroll scene appears to be all but gone, grips look rough and it appears that a repair was done to the end of the loading ram.  They are really fun guns.


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    « Reply #14 on: March 05, 2013, 07:53:52 pm »
    This gun is been in the family for at least 70 years. No doubt that it was Used a lot.  The gun doesn't appear to be functional so that's probably the reason for the lower price.
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    « Reply #15 on: March 06, 2013, 11:16:17 am »
    Unless it was truly FUBAR any early Colt is worth well north of $385.  It looks like a OK, commercial 1851.

    They can be fixed if you want to shoot it.  Replica parts should work with a some fitting.
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