Hey guys, is this ".44 Navy" thing a relatively new trend?
In all my historical reading and then when I got into shooting cap n balls heavily maybe 20 years ago the nomenclature was pretty standard....
....."Navy" (even if used by the ARMY
) were all .36...and...
....."Army" (even if used by the NAVY
) were all .44.
I think maybe guys were confused because many original 1860 ARMY revolvers came with the etched Naval Battle Scene on the cylinder????
But anyway, I got away from shooting them for a few years then low and behold when I start checking catalogues again I start seeing ".44 NAVY revolvers," "Brass Frame .44s...." and it is getting confusing.
I mean, YES they had a LOT of brass framed revolvers in the Civil War, especially on the CSA side (I think the Rigdon MAY have been a .44 as well as a .36 if I remember right?)
But MOST were .36 NAVYs, and back when I shot them that was all the brass frames you could get...in fact I still have our CVA Brass 1851 that my son and I built from a kit in like 1992....
But I STRONGLY prefer my Traditions 1860 Army, STEEL, and yes, with the "Naval" scene!