CIVIL WAR Antique MANHATTAN NAVY .36 Cal Revolver New Jersey Manufactured With 6 1/2 Inch Octagon Barrel
Guns International #: 101369419 Seller's Inventory #: 190744
Category: Civil War Revolvers - Antique Revolvers - Percussion
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CIVIL WAR Antique MANHATTAN NAVY .36 Cal Revolver
New Jersey Manufactured With 6 1/2 Inch Octagon Barrel
Here we present an antique Manhattan Navy Revolver, made circa 1863 in Newark, New Jersey. Manhattan Fire Arms Co. was founded in 1856 specifically to capitalize on the soon to be expiring Colt patents in 1857. This strategy worked very well for the company and they began by making high quality and very close copies of both Colts and other popular pistols with expired patents. In fact, Manhattan’s copies of Colts were so close that Colt tried to kill their production with a lawsuit, even though their patent had expired. Quite obviously, this pistol is a direct and quality copy of the Colt 1851 Navy.
Manhattan’s revolvers were very well received by the public. The company never received U.S. military contracts, except for a small delivery, most likely on the regimental level. Nevertheless, many Manhattan revolvers found themselves on smoky Civil War battlefields, purchased privately by officers and soldiers, and they were certainly in use at home. The war created a vast and unquenchable market for firearms of all types.
The top of the barrel is marked “MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO. NEWARK, N.J.”
The overall condition is very good. 65% of the original blue finish remains. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The grip is in very good shape. The bore is clean with strong rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. This is a fantastic example of a very Colt-like revolver from Manhattan!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 6 ½ inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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