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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

    Musket Man Private

    Jan 31, 2015
    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?


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  3. Package4

    Package4 First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

    Jul 28, 2015
    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

    dagger dog Private

    Feb 25, 2011
    Hoosierville South Central
    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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