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ScottMcM 08-22-2013 11:53 AM

Correct nipples for FIE 1851 Navy
Hi guys, my first post. I have an old 1851 Navy revolver, 36cal. FIE, Italy is written on the butt. The nipples need replacing. Any ideas as to the correct ones? Thanks in advance.

mountainman13 08-22-2013 11:56 AM

Welcome to FTF. Got pics?
I'm just guessing here but typically most of the guns I've seen use #11 caps. You can check out Dixie gun works online.

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ScottMcM 08-22-2013 12:11 PM

Thanks for the link. I'll try and get a pic or two later today. Thanks again.

mountainman13 08-22-2013 12:17 PM

Happy to help.

c3shooter 08-22-2013 04:15 PM

Free advice (not that you asked for any). If you do not have one, order a nipple wrench at the same time. Second, use a good penetrating oil, let soak for a few hours before you try to pull the nipples. If worn to point of replacement, strong possibility they are going to be frozen.

Personally, I like a product called KROIL, but would use SOME penetrant before trying to futz mit der nipples.

ScottMcM 08-22-2013 05:47 PM

Thanks. Advice is always welcome.

Hawg 08-23-2013 01:01 AM

Don't fool with a nine dollar nipple wrench. It will twist. Either buy an expensive one or make one out of a 1/4 drive socket. Once you get them out you can measure the threads or take it to a hardware or automotive store and they can measure it for you. Most revolvers take #10 caps but you can get nipples that take #11 if you prefer. Treso is about the best there is.

ScottMcM 08-23-2013 08:15 AM

Thanks, I imagine that's the only way to be sure of the thread size. I have had the pistol for a long, long time., in fact, I loaded it up more than 15 years ago, with Pyrodex, and it sat in the safe for all those years...forgotten. I recently pulled it out, realized that it had been loaded for all these years(thank God it was in the safe), and decided to "unload" it and clean it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it still fired after sitting all these years. I also expected to see major corrosion in the cylinder, from sitting loaded for so long....I found zero corrosion. It looked just like it did when it was loaded all those years ago. Since it has "survived" all my abuses for all these years, I figured it deserved a good makeover...that's why I'm looking for nipples.....oh, I forgot to mention...soon after I first bought the pistol, the lug that holds the loading lever(?) up against the underside of the barrell, broke make a long story short, I decided to make a "sheriffs model" out of it, and bobbed both the barrell and the lever. Considering that I did it a long time ago, with hand tools only, I did a pretty good job, relocating the front sight and all. I will post some pics later today, so you guys can give me your opinions of my "beater sheriffs model 1851"......LOL

ScottMcM 08-23-2013 08:09 PM

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