My new to me 61 Colt Navy


February 5, 2014, 11:48 PM
After 43 years I now have in my hands my second 1861 Colt Navy and I do love it. I bought my first in 1964 when I was 16 from a pawn shop. I had to part with it in 1971 due to the need to pay for a honeymoon.
What I have learned since:
While you are single collect as many toys as you can.
Even if it means prostituting yourself never sell a toy to finance a wedding or honeymoon.
Toys accumulated must never be converted into furniture, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, or baby beds.
Never sell a toy until you have another toy to buy.
Never sell a toy to finance a child's education. If they want to become educated they will find a better way.
Never sell a toy to bail a child out of jail.
Use your accumulated wealth of toys to bribe your grandson into becoming a proper Man. " If you become what I consider to be a Good and honorable Man you will get all of this. If you don't I'm selling it all and pissing away the money".

I'm 65 and still recovering from not listening to this advice when I was a pup.

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February 6, 2014, 07:23 AM
Good advice.


THIS THREAD IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICTURES!!! (of the 1861, not the kids or grandkids.)

February 6, 2014, 08:25 AM
I was going to mention that!!! But Strawhat beat me to it. :)

The 61' Navy, the 62' Police and the 60' Army have got to have the cleanest lines of any revolver or for that matter any handgun built before or since.

February 6, 2014, 08:57 AM
LOL Hope the weather is giving you a chance to enjoy the feel of her kick, the scent of her hot breath and her view to a kill :)

February 6, 2014, 11:09 AM
With the advance of senior brain damage I forget how to do the picture thing. I've got to go out and fight the snow now but later I'll post.

February 6, 2014, 05:09 PM
...With the advance of senior brain damage I forget how to do the picture thing...
Comes from giving advice to youngsters.

February 6, 2014, 09:26 PM
Here is a picture of my Pocket Police until you get your Navy picture up. (

February 6, 2014, 10:37 PM
The gun is just a new in the box Uberti 61 Colt Navy. The story behind, what I learned along the way and getting one back into my possession is the point.

February 7, 2014, 02:41 AM
I've learned to put the Lord first and not obsess over toys. Lost too many of them to count. They are nice, but not as important as feeding my children or having a roof over my family's head. Indeed, that's their secondary purpose, to be liquidated when a need arises, like gold.

The '61 Navy is one of the finest and best looking revolvers made by Colt, enjoy it.

February 7, 2014, 04:38 AM
I'm assuming there was a lot of satire in the OP's post (toys over family).

The Colt Navies are some of the best. I have a brace of 51s that are two of my favorites. I've traded and sold a few 61s (2nd Gens), but never kept one as I just couldn't bare to shelve my other Navies and you can only justify so many (or at least I can only justify so many). I have put pre-ban elephant ivory on my keepers.

Toys accumulated must never be converted into furniture, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, or baby beds.

Funny - I did sell a Signature Series Walker to put Chrome on a Harley :neener: I loved the gun, had some of the nicest grips I have seen on one. It was a piece I picked up trading and really had zero dollars in it by the time the dust settled. It sat in a gun case for 4 years - was just to big for my shooting interest. Mama likes the chrome - so everybody is happy

Need pics, did you get an original, 2nd Gen, Signature Series, or other.

February 7, 2014, 08:47 AM
I agree Poncho, sometimes you look back and say why did I get rid of that one. Mine was a 2nd Generation 51 Navy 'C" series, that I mowed lawns back in the 70's to buy and what a beautiful revolver and a great shooter it was. Guy offered me some money and a trade for it (in 1982 a then brand new Hatfield longrifle because, "You can't hunt deer with that revolver its illegal" crap I was feed, that is long gone also) and off it went. Now, because I'm so well edj-U-macated my other 2nd generations Colts just sit in glass cases. :banghead:

February 7, 2014, 02:44 PM
Those C-series, squareback '51 are indeed beauties!

February 7, 2014, 06:02 PM
Just got in the mail a set of Track of the Wolf stainless nipples for the 61 here to fore to be referred to as the Queen. I once again can without question refer this company they are human and knowledgeable .
Now if only the weather would let up a bit

4v50 Gary
February 7, 2014, 06:47 PM
Good advice there Pancho.

BTW, I received my 1803 Harper's Ferry brass buttplate yesterday. I began fitting it onto my pattern for a half-round 10/22. Presently I am considering flattening the bottom of the buttplate which would make the stock look more like a longrifle.

February 7, 2014, 08:44 PM
Here's a pic of The Queen. Helping my friend by posting a pic for him.

February 7, 2014, 09:46 PM
I had one years back, I got on a swap, that I antiqued, and put Colt SAA hard rubber [repro] grips on. Yours looks better.

February 7, 2014, 10:22 PM
Very nice.

February 7, 2014, 10:36 PM
Oh yes she is a beauty!!!!!

The beautiful lines of the 61 Navy!!!! And, thanks to Coupe the 62 Police,
Handguns have been losing ground ever since. :)

February 7, 2014, 10:47 PM
Here's MY Uberti 1860 Army

Fingers McGee
February 7, 2014, 11:22 PM
Nice acquisition Pancho; and a three screw too boot. They aren't that common.

February 8, 2014, 12:13 AM
Thanks avatar. I needed bailing out and proofing that trust will reward itself.
Avatar and I did a swap that required trust in our members that what we had and what we wanted would please sight unseen.

February 8, 2014, 02:35 AM
Many Ubertis, like the originals take .380 round ball and not .375s so watch for that.

February 8, 2014, 05:43 AM
The 1861 is easily my favorite Colt revolver (today). Yours is a good looking one. I have a pair of Ubertis, they prefer the .380 diameter ball. Actually, all of my 36's use the .380, it makes stocking round ball easier by using only one size for caliber.

Enjoy your 1861, you have earned the pleasure.

February 8, 2014, 10:09 PM
I try to feed all of my 36's with .380. Sounds like a have a barrel full of 36's I have three,two 62's and now a 61 all of them Uberti's

February 8, 2014, 10:14 PM
Small change of subject. Has anyone had a problem with loose loading lever lugs? I lost one on a 62 and was able to repair it correctly but it ended the shooting session.

February 9, 2014, 05:36 AM
what is the loading lug?

February 9, 2014, 10:19 AM
Mine came loose and I used a nail set to stake it in place. No problems since.

February 9, 2014, 10:45 PM
Bower, it's the catch that is dovetailed underneath the barrel to hold loading lever against the barrel. Uberti 62 Colt police guns aren't staked in very well. I was asking if the large framed guns had the same problem.

February 9, 2014, 10:51 PM
I was looking forward to my second long shooting session with the TOW nipples when the darn thing fell off in the tall grass during the second cylinder. Try as I might I could not find it......end of session. $20 dollars and a week later I had another and staked it so it would never come off again.

February 10, 2014, 09:33 AM
I had the same problem with my Uberti 3rd Model Dragoon. Used the same nail set to fix it.

February 11, 2014, 10:56 AM
I think I'll re-stake it before shooting it.

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