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Manhattan Navy Revolver
Item #: AD188-10
Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver Manhattan Navy Revolver
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The Manhattan Fire Arms Company of Newark, New Jersey, was formed in 1856 to take advantage of Colt's revolver patents due to expire in 1857. The firm produced very good quality copies of Colt's .31 and .36 caliber revolvers and quickly became a major handgun manufactory. During their 17-year existence the company produced some 175,000 firearms.

Manhattan didn't aggressively pursue government contracts choosing to target the civilian market that was being somewhat ignored by the principal gunmakers that were concentrating on securing army contracts. Their Navy pistols were made between 1858 and 1868 totaling about 78,000 guns. It was offered in 5-shot or 6-shot with barrel lengths of 4, 5, or 6-inch lengths. The finish was blued except for frame, trigger, and hammer which were case hardened. The brass grip straps were silver plated and the one-piece grips were varnished walnut. These options made the Manhattan appealing to many Union officers.
This is a classic example of a 5-shot, 5-inch barrel, .36 caliber Manhattan Navy revolver bearing serial number "27601" on all appropriate parts including the wedge. Being in the first 1/3rd of the manufacturing history assures the likelihood of Civil War use. The barrel is stamped "MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO. NEWARK NJ." On the cylinder is stamped "PATENTED DEC.27, 1859." Traces of the cylinder scene are visible, the silver plating is nearly all worn off the grip straps, the bore shows ample use, but the weapon is mechanically sound and functional with good grips. The condition overall is good.


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