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Colt 1851/1861 differences?

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by Musket Man, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Musket Man

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    I was curious to the biggest improvement to the 1861 Colt revolver when compared to an 1851 revolver? Was it technology that spilled over from the 1860 to make a better revolver in a smaller caliber?

    Also, how long did Colt produce the 1851?

    Thanks,
    Donald
     

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  3. Package4

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    The 1851 was produced through 1873 a total of 215,348 US produced and was considered Colt's medium caliber offering. The '61 Navy, I believe, that manufacturing efficiencies dictated a more streamlined offering though only 38,843 were produced through '73 as well.
     
  4. dagger dog

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    To the best of my knowledge the 1851 was produced right up to the model of 1873 or Model P- peace maker which was released in that year to the US Army but the civilian market in 1874.

    The 1861 was mostly a redo of the '51, which was a round barrel with a blade front sight, a rack and pinion loading lever to multiply seating force of the ball, and possibly use any production refinements to meet cost requirements (round barrel).
     
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