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”.

Colt 1851 Navy revolver

Designed and manufactured by Samuel Colt in Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
.36 cap and ball six-shot gold-washed cylinder, single action, creeping loading lever, nickel finish, Colt factory engravings, checkered ivory grip.

Unlike the previous colt Dragoon, the Navy was a belt revolver. This one was made for a fancy belt.


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.

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Lefaucheux M1858.N.T

Manufactured for the French Navy in 1864 at an unknown state workshop - marking illegible, modified in 1867 then again in 1873 to centerfire.
12mm de Marine, six-rounds cylinder.

The last version of the M1854 Lefaucheux revolver as adopted by the French navy, contemporary in design to the new Mle 1873 de Marine delivered in 1877.

The Lefaucheux Revolver

This iconic design is the product of French gunsmith Eugène Lefaucheux, son of Casimir Lefaucheux who in 1835 had patented the pinfire cartridge system, one of the very first self-contained cartridge designs. Following the work of 1846 by Houiller that made these cartridges gas-tight and efficient, Eugène, at age 22 and after taking over his father’s business, patented his Mle 1854 pistolet-revolver for the civilian market.

The design was simple and resilient, featuring a side loading gate to reload the gun, a cylinder shoeld wrapping around the cartridges’ pins, and a simple ejector rod. This was at the time state of the art technology, as no country’s military of the time used metallic cartridges to any extent, with very few breechloaders to speak of.
This radical step-up from its competition would come in handy when tested in a multitude of military trials, spawning dozens of military models and countless civilian imitations.

And those are only the 1854 models. The Mle 1854 revolver served in many armies of Western Europe, including Spain, France, Italy, as well as on both sides of the American Civil War through private purchases

Eugène Lefaucheux big breakthrough however would come with the French Navy’s partially buying his patent for a big order. The Marine had reviewed several revolvers between 1856 and 1857 to replace its increasingly obsolescent single shot percussion pistols, with other contenders including the Adams and Colt Navy revolver, which proved unfit for high sea service as the briny air corroded both the guns and the paper cartridges they made use of.

Mle 1837 pistols.

The revolver was thus adopted on the 27th of October 1857 and known as the Pistolet-Revolver Mle 1858 starting in Marsh 1859. Don’t ask.

It would serve the French Navy for a dozen years as the first metallic cartridge weapon widely issued in any service of a military, with two main modifications. It fired a 12mm pinfire full-brass cartridge - impervious to salt water, had a six-shot cylinder and a sturdy design that insured the thing would just work. Lefaucheux would go on to design the Mle 1870 prototype revolver, which would become the basis for the future Mle 1873 revolver that equipped the whole of the French military for the 19 most active years of its colonial conquests.

Pistolet-Revolver Mle 1858 N. - 1867 modification.

Pistolet Revolver N.T. - 1873 modification. A centerfire conversion to the high-powered 12mm de Marine cartridge.

Pistolet-Revolver Mle 1870 - prototype, never issued en masse.


Rogers & Spencer 1864 Army revolver

Manufactured c.1864-65 for the US army for a total of 5000 guns in Utica, New York - Serial Number 015194.
.44 cap and ball six-round cylinder, single action, creeping loading lever.

Although a very good single action percussion revolver design as far as they go, the Rogers and Spencer was never issued, arriving too late for the Civil War and staying in storage in New York until 1901. At this point they were apparently sold in auction for about 50 cents each, compared to a $12 initial order.
The 1864 Army was the more successful upgrade to the previous Pettengill double action hammerless and Freeman Navy-caliber revolvers from the same company, reusing the front of the first one and the rest of the latter.


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.


Colt 1851 Navy “London”

Produced by Colt Manufacturing Company c.1850-1873 - serial number 28319.
.36 cap and ball six-round cylinder, single action, cased and engraved.

London models referred to all steel revolvers, as opposed to the traditional Navies which had brass parts.

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