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TomM
January 11, 2011, 09:14 AM
Hello. I'm a big fan of the forums, but have only just posted.

The 1851 Navy Revolver is one of my favorite firearms. I have a great interest in building my own, but i can't find decent plans, and I've definitely invested time into finding them. Yes, there is a dealer on ebay that sells them, but I'm wondering where they would have gotten them, and why only he seems to have these plans exclusively.

I've searched a few patent databases, and have come close to finding what I need, but not quite.

I will most likely purchase these plans as a last resort, but any help, information, and pictures anyone can provide would be really great.
Thanks

Tom

Rifleman1776
January 11, 2011, 09:36 AM
Have you tried writing Colt and asking for an exploded parts view?
I suppose you could buy a cheap kit and model your parts from that.

pohill
January 11, 2011, 12:13 PM
I know they're incomplete, and I don't even know where I got them, but is this the type of plan you're looking for?

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/0825_3.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m217/pohill/0695_3.jpg

TomM
January 11, 2011, 12:41 PM
Yeah, i was able to find an exploded view online. what i'm looking for is just that, pohill. They look like the plans on ebay. But yeah, those look perfect. Did you take those pictures?

darwins
January 11, 2011, 12:49 PM
Those drawings are awesome.

pohill
January 11, 2011, 02:36 PM
I'm pretty sure that I did get the pics of those plans on ebay (or somewhere online) awhile ago.

Yep, just checked ebay and that's most likely where I got the pics. That's not too bad a price for them.
http://cgi.ebay.com/COLT-1851-Navy-old-Army-Revolver-gun-Gunsmith-Plans-/360205076515?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53dde54823

TomM
January 11, 2011, 04:00 PM
yeah, the price is fine, i was just exploring other routes. Thanks guys. If anyone else has other plans or anything they can contribute, that would still be very welcome.

Tom

pohill
January 11, 2011, 04:34 PM
Do you plan on making the entire handgun?

TomM
January 11, 2011, 06:43 PM
I am. I want to make a working wooden replica first. I'm friends with a relative of "Wild Bill" Hickok, who used the gun extensively, and I'd like to make him and myself a model. The barrel, grip, and cylinder I could figure out from free resources. The trigger assembly is the section I need reference for, most. But if anyone has anything, that'd be great.

Question, does anyone know what happened to the original patent/plans? I know there was a fire at one point, but I don't know if those patterns made it.
Thanks

Tom

bedbugbilly
January 11, 2011, 11:00 PM
Just as a suggestion, in combination with a set of plans that are halfway decent, perhaps you could locate someone who has an original '51 Navy that you could take your meaqsurements, patterns from? Or, if it didn't have to be 100% - possibly you could borrow a repro Uberti or similar and take measurements.

Gator Weiss
January 14, 2011, 10:29 PM
Try Navy Arms.