1851 Navy vs. 1860 Army: What’s The Difference?

In this video, I’ll be giving a tabletop overview of the differences between two of Colt’s cap & ball revolvers; the 1851 Navy and the 1860 Army. Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more videos. Thanks for watching!




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Hi I’m Dustin winegar I was recently Asked to do a video comparison between Two of the cult cap and ball revolvers The 1851 Navy and the 1860 army so let’s Go take a close-up look at them now this Will not actually be a shooting video Because I already have playlists of Videos of these guns being fired so you Can see them in action but I wanted to At least do a tabletop overview of them Now in some ways you can see that They’re actually very similar they both Have the walnut grips the color case Hardened frames the blued barrel now the Frame on these guns are actually the Same and in some ways even somewhat Interchangeable as you’ll see in just a Moment now because the Navy is a 36 Caliber and the Army is a 44 the Cylinders will be a little different on The Navy you can see that it’s straight But on the army it starts out the size Of the Navy but then it steps up to Accommodate the larger 44 caliber Chambers and you can see the difference In caliber in this picture here of the Muzzles of each one again the Navy being 36 and the army being 44 now today the Navy is also available in 44 but keep in Mind that is only available now in Modern times historically that was not The case and it was a 36 now the grip on The Army you might be able to see is a Bit larger very noticeably larger than

On the Navy and I actually like that I Have somewhat large hands and to me this Actually seems more comfortable than the Navy size now the barrel is seven and a Half inches on the Navy eight inches on The army also you can see that the Barrel of the Navy is an octagonal shape Whereas it’s round on the army you might Also be able to see here the cutouts in The Navy are somewhat blocky whereas When they did the 1860 army this has Much more rounded contoured edges and I Think the army is actually somewhat Better-looking as a revolver for the Sights they both have the same rear Sight and the hammer the front sight on The Navy is just that little bead Whereas it is a blade sight on the army But not very tall so it does shoot very High they actually both shoot very Very high here’s a close-up look at just The frames and again these frames are Exactly the same except that the frame Of the army does have just a slight Cutout you should be able to see here Which is there to accommodate that Slightly larger cylinder also you can See there is an extra screw put into This one that is not on the Navy that is Actually just for mounting a shoulder Stock which I may or may not ever do in The future other than that the frames Are the same now while I’ve got the guns Apart let’s take a look at the cylinders

Again you can see the difference in Caliber here’s the 36 caliber Navy and The 44 caliber army also you can see That the cylinder of the army is just Slightly longer than the cylinder of the Navy by about an eighth of an inch and While the guns apart again just a Close-up of the barrels and again you Can see the army is half an inch longer Than the Navy the loading procedure on Them is virtually the same you can see They have similar loading levers but the Navy has this screw hinge in it and the Army has more of a rack and pinion style Both work great on the army it does seem To work a little bit smoother which may Be due to that rack and pinion style Here is sort of an exploded view of both Of the revolvers with the 1851 Navy on The top and the 1860 army on the bottom Because I want to talk a little bit About what I meant by interchangeability Between these guns now if I try to take The 1860 army cylinder and put it on the 1851 Navy frame that is not going to Work because the frame does not have the Cutout so the cylinder will stop right There it doesn’t allow for that to go All the way down however I can take the 1851 Navy cylinder and it will go right On to the frame and Arbor there of the 1860 army then if I take my barrel from The 1851 Navy it also goes right on you Could just put in the wedge and it would

Be a functioning 1851 Navy With just a very large grip of the 1860 Army but that would actually work just Fine now as I mentioned the cylinder is Shorter on the Navy that is on the army But to accommodate that you can see that The forcing cone of the Navy is much Longer than it is on the army to make up The extra space well as always I hope You enjoyed the video today and found The information helpful don’t forget to Click the like button down below and Subscribe to the channel for more videos And look in the description to see where To find me on social media thank you so Much for watching


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