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    £ 3,500

    Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36 Revolver

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    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver
    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver for sale in United Kingdom
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    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver for sale in United Kingdom
    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver for sale
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    • Revolver for sale in United Kingdom
    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver for sale in United Kingdom
    • Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver for sale

    This is a very good example of a very early square back trigger guard Colt Navy revolver manufactured in 36 calibre.


    In Patrick Swayze's excellent Tome titled "51 Colt Navies published in 1967 he states

    The design of the square back trigger guard was probably made with the question of appearance alone in mind, for it certainly does not does not seem to have any useful or practical value. In fact, it would seem that such a design would be highly impractical because of the chances of the pointed rear of the trigger guard proper becoming fouled in the holster, or pocket, from which it was being drawn. The square back design is attributed to Colonel Talcot of the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army, who seemed to have a fondness of the symmetry and beauty of the design. Since Colonel Talcot had much to do with the purchase of handguns for U. S. Army - a potential purchase of some size - Sam Colt was certainly one to cater to the whims of those who could help him sell his handguns; so the square back trigger guard it was! The story is that when Colonel Talcot was convicted by a court(s) martial, Colt immediately discontinued his production of the square back design and changed to the small rounded trigger guard.

    This particular revolver has an excellent bore, and is mechanically sound with all matching serial numbers on the arbour, rammer, butt, frame and cylinder. The wedge has a different number but is contemporary and with a number close to the revolver.
    The action is tight and although the finish is faded away there is some silver plating extant in protected areas. The revolver has a strong mainspring and cocks and locks perfectly, the latch spring on the rammer is particularly tight. There is evidence of the cylinder safety stops and they have not been totally worn away as is often seen,My view is this was a working gun that was well looked after by the state of the bore and I would say that it could have been issued to some official body.
    There is an inspectors stamp "G" below the frame serial number stamp.
    The 7.5" barrel is roll stamped with the early address
    "-Address Saml Colt -New-York City-"
    The I of the city is extant and this indicates an early revolver as this eventually wore out and examples stamped C ITY are not unusual.
    The brass square back trigger guard indicates it is one of less than 1000 manufactured and given survival rates is a difficult Colt to find for any collection.
    Expect to pay at least 50% more for an example with any original finish left.
    A desirable revolver.
    £ 3,500
    Category:Pistol / Hand Guns
    Subcategory:Revolver
    Condition:Used - Good condition for age
    Price:£ 3,500
    Sale type:Trade
    Make:Colt
    Calibre:.36
    Model:Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy
    Manufactured Year:1851
    Antique:yes
    Barrel length:7.5"
    Gun Status:Activated
    Recommended Usage:Collection item
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    Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36  Revolver
    Colt Colt Square Back Trigger Guard 1851 Navy .36 Revolver
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