Navy Arms replica .31 cap-and-ball revolver

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  1. jwchessell

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    I have what I believe is a Navy Arms. Co. replica cap-and-ball 5-shot revolver, caliber .31, serial # 8501. It has a brass frame, 5-3/4" bbl, and is stamped "FIE Italy" on the frame at the bottom of the grip. Bluing is 99% intact, grips have their original finish and are not chipped, scratched or cracked. Loading lever and hammer are color-hardened. Revolver is in a fitted hardwood box (with key), lined in red plush, and includes a 3-1/2" long powder flask (with a thumb lever) and a 5" long brass percussion-cap feeder. Box likewise has its original finish without cracks or chips, but there is some crazing of the finish due to age. I purchased this revolver new in approximately 1969 or 1970 and fired 25 or 30 rds through it; then it was put away. I also have a Lyman .31 caliber round-ball mold. What is its approximate value today?
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    Based on the .31 caliber, I'd guess that this was a reproduction of either a Model 1848 Baby Dragoon or Model 1849 Pocket Revolver......and I don't find any listing under Navy Arms for either.

    However, based on a value for the Navy Arms 1862 New Model Police cased set, I'd estimate your gun's value, in excellent condition, in the $250-300 range.
  3. 22WRF

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    I have a pocket .31. I don't know if it Navy Arms. Only mark is made it Italy

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    22 WRF: Mine is identical to the one at the top of the picture you posted. Same brass frame, same screws and pins on the right-hand side. It also appears to have the same screws and seating-lever as shown in your two other photos, along with the same color-hardened steel. However, your other two (middle and bottom) appear to have either steel frames or steel plates covering the left side of the frame, which mine does not have.

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    The brass frame on the top is a 1851 Navy Colt .36 Cal.
    Marked EIG Italy

    The middle is the same but steel farme and no markings except made in Italy
    Black Powder Only

    It's hard to put a value on these replicas as they are not what I would consider collectable.

    I would guess and that is in good shooting condition is worth somewhere between $100 and $200

    I paid $159 for this 1858 Remington from Cabelas

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