View Full Version : Uberti Yellowboy - Needs some serious TLC

June 22, 2011, 04:20 PM
Got kind of a beast on my hands here. This is a Uberti 1866 Yellowboy, .38 Special, that my father picked up some time back in the 1970s and hasn't touched since. It appears to be an older, out-of-production model in that it has no lever hook/latch and has an 1894 type grip/battery safety. Serial number is in the 16xx range and it was imported by Navy Arms.

The bolt appears to be slightly damaged.
The left lever spring appears to be incorrect (possibly a part off the .22LR version made at the time?)
The right lever spring is completely missing.
The screw and its corresponding hole in the ladle/loading gate are stripped out.
I'll let the pictures below fill in the details.

I don't particularly want to have to send it back to Navy Arms for repair, and I'm quite competent in replacing the parts myself. The question is, will current production parts even fit this? If not, will I even be able to find them anywhere?

http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/8151/carbine.th.png (http://img651.imageshack.us/i/carbine.png/)
http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/3760/oldermodel.th.png (http://img805.imageshack.us/i/oldermodel.png/)
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/7863/leftsidewrongspring.th.png (http://img651.imageshack.us/i/leftsidewrongspring.png/)
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7927/rightsidemissingspring.th.png (http://img402.imageshack.us/i/rightsidemissingspring.png/)
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/7586/loadinggate.th.png (http://img543.imageshack.us/i/loadinggate.png/)
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/9469/chippedbolt.th.png (http://img197.imageshack.us/i/chippedbolt.png/)

June 22, 2011, 07:49 PM
Numrich has some parts, but not many. You will likely end up getting Uberti parts and fitting them.

Here's a diagram for parts and nomenclature.

July 17, 2011, 03:53 PM
I don't think Navy Arms even exists any more, although Val Forgett's son lives in West Virginia and is still selling off inventory on eBay and possibly Gun Broker.

July 17, 2011, 06:14 PM
Navy Arms appears to still be in business:


July 18, 2011, 06:31 AM
Navy Arms appears to still be in business:

So it is, but it sure looks like a shadow of the original company.