Gun Report

Cabela's 1851 Confederate Navy .36 Caliber

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Neither Colt nor anyone else made .44-cal. Navies in the mid-1800s. Perhaps they should have, because this was a handy and attractive revolver, though it had no frills. The brass frame is authentic construction, and on this piece it was well done. Fit and finish were well done throughout, and though we’d have liked a slightly longer hand, this one was okay in practice. You’re getting a good revolver for less than a C-note, so you probably can't expect careful hand fitting. This one worked very well indeed, and would be an excellent entry-level blackpowder revolver.

Cabela's 1851 Confederate Navy .36 Caliber

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The safety pins between the chambers of all three 1860 revolvers (arrow) were absent from the 1851 Confederate Navy. They keep the cylinder from rotating when the slotted hammer is lowered over one of the pins. These would be easy to add to the Confederate Navy, and we would make this modification if we bought the gun.

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