Colt 1851 navy

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Colt 1851 navy

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having just watched GUN STORIES about Buffalo Bills 1851, it looked to me to be comparable in size to my j frame Smith but with a longer barrel. those of you that have one ( I know they are different actions) would you compare it to a j,k,or l frame in size and weight?
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Perhaps k frame.

Get yourself a navy or two. Old South Firearms and Dixie Gunworks are good places to start.

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I would def compare them more to a k frame. I don't own a S&W at the moment to compare them too but I do have a few 1851s.

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The 1851 is closer in size, wt/ & balance to the Colt SAA.
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Griff wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:55 pm
The 1851 is closer in size, wt/ & balance to the Colt SAA.
Agreed. To me, its the most natural pointing firearm. Such a wonderful weapon.
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Griff wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:55 pm
The 1851 is closer in size, wt/ & balance to the Colt SAA.
Indeed! Tough to compare an 1851 Colt to any of the alphabet model S&W revolvers. Just so different that even if the weight was identical, the feel in your hand is completely different.
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marlinman93 wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:37 am
Griff wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:55 pm
The 1851 is closer in size, wt/ & balance to the Colt SAA.
Indeed! Tough to compare an 1851 Colt to any of the alphabet model S&W revolvers. Just so different that even if the weight was identical, the feel in your hand is completely different.

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The Navy has the grip frame that was retained for the SAA. I just curl my little finger under the butt and it keeps it from rolling down in my hand from recoil.
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Don't discount the historically incorrect but otherwise excellent pietta .44 1851.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GV38iQwySCs

Or the much maligned brassie.....

https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/pag ... E+REVOLVER

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the 1862 Police is closer to a j-frame
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Twodot wrote:
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the 1862 Police is closer to a j-frame
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Griff wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:55 pm
The 1851 is closer in size, wt/ & balance to the Colt SAA.
Bingo! The SAA grip pretty much mimics the 1851. There are some SAA's now that have an 1860 grip frame. I love the 1860 myself - just like to have a full grip on the gun. Both are the most natural grip one can have on a handgun, in my humble opinion.
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I dug out from deep storage a high standard leech & rigdon circa 1974 that is somewhat 1851ish. Although I did not actually weigh it, it seems quite a bit heavier than and fatter gripped than more recent pietta and uberti 1851s.
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My CVA 1861 Navy, the up-dated 1851.
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