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Old 04-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Awww com'on. That can't be true. I have TWO of the .44 Navies now. Next you're gonna tell me the one with a 12" barrel and elevation-adjustable ramp rear and Partridge front sights didn't exist either!
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #12
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Awww com'on. That can't be true. I have TWO of the .44 Navies now. Next you're gonna tell me the one with a 12" barrel and elevation-adjustable ramp rear and Partridge front sights didn't exist either!
Well, ummm, actually, no it didn't but you already knew that. FWIW the Buntline Special didn't exist either.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:46 PM   #13
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Ya caught me Hawg. Funny thing is, when I bought the last one, the manufacturer/distributor (Pietta/Traditions?) unashamedly described it as a "Yankee" Navy revolver with historic context and specifications as though it was an historic copy. I knew it wasn't authentic but didn't care, however, some poor inexperienced buyer would be misled.
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The Colt '58 Navy .36 in steel frame (this gun historically NEVER came in a .44). The .44's were the Dragoons. the pockets were .31. The belts (e.g. the Navy '58) were .36.

Then along about '60, Colt put the big cylinder .44 on the belt frame and called it the 1860 Army.
And put the medium .36 on the pocket frame and called it the 1862 Police.
These two new guns had a new streamlined appearance due to cutting away part of the frame to fit the bigger cylinder on the smaller frame.

Not too hard to figure the medium caliber (.36) on the medium belt frame, made the '58 Navy their runaway best seller. Not to big, not too small, well balanced, and Colt continued to make it right up until the 1870's because it outsold the others. Today, for the same reasons, it's a real pleasure to use, very practical choice.
Wasn't it an 1851 navy instead of 1858. I think the remingtons were from 1858.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #15
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Yep, the navies were 1851, I had that wrong.

As for the most fun, that's why my 2nd was a Walker. But it's not too useful. I guess Walker wanted one that would kill a horse (he was fighting Mexican dragoon troupes).
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Just ordered an uberti 61 navy in .36. I really considered a Remington, but I think the Colts are much prettier Looks like I got the last one from midway, they are out of stock now that my order has shipped.
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I would have to give another vote for '58 Remington Replica. I have a Pietta and love it... a really good shooter!!!
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I purchased my Ruger Old Army back in the mid 70s,fired it many times over the years never had any problems,and trigger pull is excellent.
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Just ordered an uberti 61 navy in .36. I really considered a Remington, but I think the Colts are much prettier Looks like I got the last one from midway, they are out of stock now that my order has shipped.
Might have been the first gun I ever bought. Certainly my first blackpowder too! What a graceful and important gun. Art Decco before there was such a thing. I have to pinkie the little pistol but I still remember firing it the first time with it on the other side of a big ol' tree...

Nice selection, congratulations, have fun and be safe!
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Got it today! It sure is pretty. I can't wait to shoot it, I know I can get powder locally, i'm not sure about the caps and balls, there are a couple gun stores I need to check.


EDIT: Welp, my gander doesn't doesn't carry round balls, and the LGS was already closed, guess i'll have to look tomorrow morning.

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