Gun Report

R&D Gunshop 1851 Navy Conversion .38 LC

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The R&D Gunshop 1851 Navy Conversion has refitted, rehardened, retimed, repolished and reblued parts. Also, many new parts are made for them. That's what you're paying for. It's the best of its type we've seen.

R&D Gunshop 1851 Navy Conversion .38 LC

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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This sight's not going anywhere. It's dovetailed into the cut-off barrel and will stay put. However, we'd like a blade thicker than this one's 0.0030-inch measurement.
The carving in the elephant's tooth adds a lot to the look of this gun.
Howell told us the rounded corners of the loading gate are exactly like they were done on original conversions. Note the flat sides, good fitting and nice case colors. This gun has seen lots of hard use and is still very tight and crisp.

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