Model: Second Generation Colt Black Powder 1851 Navy
Serial Number: 22254
Year of Manufacture: 1980s, ATF Classified as Antique
Caliber: .36 Ball
Action Type: Single Action Percussion Black Powder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S / PATENT”. The underside of the barrel assembly, frame, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap are marked “22254”. The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY”. The cylinder is engraved with the Naval battle scene found on original cylinders and “802”.
Barrel Length: 7.5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass conical bead fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a notch in the hammer, visible when cocked.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece smooth walnut grip has small compression marks on the both sides and a few scratches. Otherwise the grips are free of cracks - the wear looks more like storage wear than use wear. The fit is very good. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue, Case Colored & Plated
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but it is dirty.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. There are a few surface scratches, most notable on the barrel and grip frame. There is little evidence of firing and most of the wear is from poor storage, assembly and disassembly. There is barely any drag line on the cylinder. The screw heads are a barely marked but the wedge is ugly. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: After the market for reproduction Colt black powder pistols was established, Colt contracted with Lou Imperato to revive the Colt line. Though the parts were cast by Uberti of Italy, Impernato fit the parts in the former Iver Johnson facilities, which he had purchased in the 1970s and moved to Middlesex, NJ. Under the subcontractor agreement to produce Second Generation percussion models, Imperato's responsibilities were to manufacture the revolvers to Colt's strict specifications, then ship the finished product to its Hartford facilities. Colt's then performed final inspection and shipped the revolvers to distributors. Because of Colt’s supervision and participation, firearms from the Second generation line (unlike the Third Generation line) are considered to be authentic Colts. This is a Second generation Colt C1851 Navy. Everybody wants to own a Colt.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique classified handgun can be sold in California.
LSB#: 170418RR59 Make: Colt Model: Second Generation Colt Black Powder 1851 Navy Serial Number: 22254 Year of Manufacture: 1980s, ATF Classified as Antique C
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