navy revolver


Russian Galand M1870 boarding revolver

Designed by Charles François Galand c.1868 in Paris, adopted by the Russian Navy c.1870 and manufactured by the Nagant brothers in Liege, Belgium thereafter - ship rack number 727.
11mm Perrin six-round cylinder, double action, break action with automatic disc ejector, saw handle grip and reins trigger guard.

I love the era in which you had “boarding revolvers”.


Allen & Wheelock ‘Navy’ revolver with short barrel

Manufactured by Ethan Allen and Thomas Wheelock between 1858 and 1861~1862 when they switched their production to cap and ball revolvers due to lawsuits from Rollin White.
.36 lipfire, six shots, trigger guard is part of the ejector rod rack and pinion assembly.

The snubnose style really suits this model.

Colt 1861 “Conversion Navy” chambered in .38 Rimfire. Many of these conversions were the old 1851 model with the loading lever removed and the cylinder replaced, along with a more modern blade sight rather than the previous bead front sight. This particular example was used by Clint Eastwood in the film “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.

(My biggest failure) was when I broke Park Hyoshin sunbaenim’s cellphone. Meeting my favorite sunbaenim I was excited and ran to hug him, but in his scare, he dropped his phone and the screen was cracked. I think that was the most fearful I’ve been in my life. And yet, he would continue using that broken phone for a while afterwards, and I felt sorry everytime I met him.
—  Hongbin, TVnavi 3月, Interview (jap cr. @shyboyor)

The Colt Model 1889 Navy Revolver,

in the later half of the 19th century, there were two common ways a metallic cartridge revolver could be loaded (with exceptions).  The first was through a loading gate, which made loading and unloading a slow process, with each cartridge being loaded one at a time, and each empty casing being ejected one at a time.  The other was the break top.  The break top ejected all empty casings, and allowed for fast loading, however the mechanism often compromised the strength of the frame, and the ejection mechanism often failed, leaving the user to have to pick out stuck casings from a chamber or the mechanism itself.

Designed by William Mason and Carl J. Ehbets, the Model 1889 featured a new method; the swing out cylinder.  When the user pressed a button (cylinder latch) below the trigger on the left hand side, the entire cylinder would drop out to the left.  Pushing the cylinder pin ejected all spent casings from the cylinder, allowing for fast loading, especially with speed loaders.  The Colt Model 1889 was the first common revolver with such a mechanism, although some uncommon revolvers had similar designs.  It was a double action revolver, chambered in either .38 long colt, .38 short colt, or .41 long colt.  While they were available commercially, they were most popularly known for being used by the US Navy, who used the revolver during the Boxer Rebellion, Spanish American War, and Philippine American War.  A limited number were also purchased by the US Army.  While a brilliant design, many in the Army believed the revolver to be under-powered, especially soldiers who fought native warriors in the Philippines, who were said to have been shot multiple times before going down.  Thus around the turn of the century the Army reverted back to the Colt Model 1873 or other revolvers chambered in .45 caliber.   The Colt Model 1889 would remain in service with the US Navy up to around World War I.


Lefaucheux Mle 1858 revolver

Made by the Manufacture d’Armes de St-Etienne c.1865 for the French Navy.
12mm pinfire six-round cylinder, double action, side loading gate and manual ejector rod, the rear sight notch on the hammer lines up with the front post wether it’s cocked or not.

Designed in 1854 by Eugène Lefaucheux, son of Casimir Lefaucheux who invented pinfire ammunition in 1836, the Lefaucheux was the first military metallic cartridge revolver. Its design spawned a multitude of copies on the Franco-Belgian civilian market.


Sort of a “legacy” post here, this was the height of my collection a few years ago before I sold a bunch of shit off. I have far fewer guns these days (one shotgun, two rifles, some pistols) but with luck I’ll build it back up some.

  • MEGA/Rainier AR-15 18", .223
  • Colt SP1, .223
  • CAI WASR 10 (plum furniture, Trijicon RMR), 7.62x39
  • Warnant action gallery gun, 5mm Flobert
  • Henry H001T Frontier, .22LR
  • Cimarron 1873 Deluxe Short Rifle, .357
  • CZ Hammer Coach, 12ga
  • Browning Auto-5 (Belgium), 12ga
  • Winchester M1912 (circa 1914), 12ga
  • Ruger Mk.III Target, .22LR
  • Glock 19 Gen3 OD NS, 9mm
  • Beretta 92F (OD refinish), 9mm
  • Dan Wesson Valor, .45ACP
  • Vz.61 Skorpion, .32ACP
  • S&W 632, .327 Federal Magnum
  • S&W 15-3, .38sp
  • Pietta 1851 Navy revolver, .44BP
  • Cimarron ‘Evil Roy’ SAA 5.5", .357
  • Cimarron 'Evil Roy’ SAA 5.5", .357 (consecutive serial numbers)

The Pietta 1851 Yank Pepperbox,

Pietta is an Italian firearms company best known for producing replica cap and ball revolvers from the mid 19th century.  In 2014 Pietta introduced this weird revolver, call the 1851 Yank Pepperbox.  The pistol features the cylinder of a common pepperbox pistol mounted onto the frame of a Colt 1851 Navy revolver.  The creation of a pepperbox-Colt hybrid offers no advantages; it decreases the accuracy of the pistol and makes it much heavier.  However it certainly makes a neat novelty pistol.  It is chambered for .36 caliber, just like any other navy revolver.