This is an all original Savage Navy Model, six shot .36 caliber revolver, that was made only from 1861 until 1862 with a total production of only 20,000 guns. It was called a "Navy" due to its caliber and not its intended user. This unique military revolver was one of the few handguns that was produced only for Civil War usage. Its design was based on the older antebellum Savage-North "figure eight" revolver. The Savage Navy had a unique way of cocking the hammer. The shooter used his middle finger to draw back the "figure 8" lever and then pushed it forward to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder. The Union purchased just under 12,000 of these for use by its cavalry units. Savage Navy revolvers were issued to the 7th New York Cavalry, the 1st and 2nd Wisconsin U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiments, and the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, while the State of Missouri issued 292 Savage revolvers to its Missouri Enrolled Militia units. The remaining revolvers were purchased by private means and shipped to the Confederacy for use with the 34th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Nighthawks), the 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (White's Rebels), 11th Texas Cavalry, 7th Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's Cavalry), and 7th Missouri Cavalry. The United States Navy also made a small purchase of 800 Savages during 1861 for use on its ships.
The Savage Navy had a reputation for being very temperamental mechanically and it is difficult to find one that is in perfect mechanical working order as well as one whose cylinder matches the serial number of the frame. This particular example has an action that works flawlessly. The revolver's 4 digit serial number 5446 is stamped on the bottom of the barrel where it meets the frame; on the back face of the cylinder; and on the right lower side of the grip frame under the wooden grip panel. There is some pitting under the grips om the grip frame so a magnifier will aid in viewing the number. The top strap of the revolver has the manufacturer's information which is worn but still readable. It is stamped:
SAVAGE R.F.A. Co. MIDDLETOWN, CT
H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17 1856
JANUARY 10 1859. MAY 15 1860
There are and "M" and "T" inspector stamps under under the left hand grip and an M stamped on the bottom of the barrel next to the serial number.
The revolver has a greyish patina with some original finish remaining. There are some scattered very small areas of light pitting scattered on the gun but it is surprisingly for gun of this age to be mostly pit free. The heaviest area of pitting is on the grip frame hidden by the grips where I suppose the wooden grips had attacted moisture and trapped it over the years. The action on this revolver works perfectly. All percussion nipples are original and in very good condition. The rifling on the 7-1/8" barrel is very strong with very little pitting present. The grips are in very good condition, with no cracks or missing pieces but worn smooth with some very light dings from use. No cartouche is visible.
These unique revolvers are scarce and are an essential part of any Civil War handgun collection.
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This is an all original Savage Navy Model, six shot .36 caliber revolver, that was made only from 1861 until 1862 with a total production of only 20,000 guns
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