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how many have an 1861 navy?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by black_powder_Rob, Sep 1, 2008.


do you own or want to own an 1861 Navy Colt?

  1. yes

    37 vote(s)
  2. no

    18 vote(s)
  3. want one...

    23 vote(s)
  1. black_powder_Rob

    black_powder_Rob Well-Known Member

    Just trying to see how many people have an 1861 navy. If so, how do you like it, I have read they were the best shooters of the cap n ball revs.
  2. Tomahawk674

    Tomahawk674 Well-Known Member

    I bought my uberti '61 early this summer, and love everything about it. It's really accurate, but not so much in my hands...
  3. pohill

    pohill Well-Known Member

    1861 .36 Navy Signature Series. Shoots as good as it looks.
  4. historynut

    historynut Active Member

    I too have a Signature Series '61. Love it. For me, it's got perfect balance and it and shoots great. Looks good as well.
  5. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    A fine gun, but by no means 'the best shooter', in my opinion.
  6. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    I have had a Uberti 1861 for years. It is a very good shooter.
    I don't know why the 1861 would necessarily be a better shooter than other Colts; it seems to me that they have as much potential for varying gun to gun as any other collection of guns might.
    But I do like mine and find it to be a quite attractive revolver.
    I believe a lot of historians and Colt afficionados also feel the 1861 was a particularly nice gun.
  7. 6Gun4Fun

    6Gun4Fun Well-Known Member

    I just got my Uberti '61. Haven't taken it out for a trial run yet, but it's a beauty! Nice and crisp,very light trigger pull.
  8. mec

    mec Well-Known Member

    they're all different of course but mine is the only percussion revolver I have that hits exactly to the sights at 25 yards. All I did was widen the hammer notch a little for visibility. This example's "issues"(all replicas seem to have issues ) are that the barrel catch would walk out of the under-barrel dovetail and the little pin that holds the catch in the loading lever would also walk out. a modest application of J&B weld took care of these things


    75 yards
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  9. 6Gun4Fun

    6Gun4Fun Well-Known Member

    I don't think anything will out perform either of my Old Army's. I set the bar high by making the Ruger my first BP revolver some 12 years ago. Looking back, I'd have to say I wish I had bought more of them!
  10. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    Nope i have an 1860 Army though
  11. pohill

    pohill Well-Known Member

    I have a Ruger Old Army. In my opinion, it's the best black powder gun made, as far as quality, dependability, accuracy (and good looking, too), but there's something about a Colt. As far as the 1861 .36 - it's a work of art that you can shoot. Balance, feel, heft, pointability...it has it all.
  12. 6Gun4Fun

    6Gun4Fun Well-Known Member

    Here's a photo of my ROA and my 1861 Navy.

  13. PRM

    PRM Well-Known Member

    Colt Navies

    I've looked at them for years - but, I have two 1851s, 2nd Generation Colts. Just not enough difference to justify the cost. My Navies are great, reliable, accurate, and just plain fun. Still, I carry and shoot my pocket models (2nd Gen. Colts, 62 Pocket Police and Pocket Navy) more than the larger guns. That is just a personal preference. The 61 Navy is a fine gun. Their are a lot of folks shooting them, and most are more than just satisfied with their choice.
  14. 6Gun4Fun

    6Gun4Fun Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of carrying my '49 from time to time, it's a great in the waist belt size. Other wise I carry my M&P9.
  15. Tomahawk674

    Tomahawk674 Well-Known Member

    It's all about the looks, and the '61 has them ;)

    The thing is, owning BP guns is like those kid toy commercials: "COLLECT THEM ALL!!"

    It's just a matter of which on you get first, then the next one, etc...
  16. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    I agree with PRM. My 1851 can outshoot my 1860 any day of the week.
  17. Riot Earp

    Riot Earp Well-Known Member

    I have a Uberti 1861 Civilian, the version with the brass grip frame that is a little harder to find. Not sure why this is, as there were only about 100 Colt 1861s made with shoulder stock cutouts; the vast majority were Civilian models with brass backstraps, brass trigger guards, and no cutouts. The Italians had me fooled until I did some research. The '61 is a beautiful weapon, though it seems a tad more barrel heavy than an 1851.
  18. 6Gun4Fun

    6Gun4Fun Well-Known Member

    My pocket pistols. With one I can take 18 friends with me!

  19. saaman

    saaman Well-Known Member

    Just ordered one today from Midway, so I own one but haven't received it yet. Have always liked the look of the '61, and MEC always amazes me with the small targets he hits with his.
  20. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    ya its amazing what you can do with a hole puncher.



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