Some of the greatest names in the Old West holstered the Colt 1851 Navy. Two of the most notable were the gunfighter Wild Bill Hickcock, who gunned down 6 men with this six round, .36 caliber, cap and ball revolver. The other, Jesse James, delivered blow after blow in bank robberies wielding the .36 caliber.
This black powder pistol continued to be a popular sidearm well after the introduction of the modern self-contained bullet and cartridge. Over 250,000 of these guns were manufactured before, during and after the Civil War. Due to its popularity and use in combat during the War Between the States, the Colt 1851 is considered by many experts to be the first true “fighting man’s” handgun.