Pietta Colt 1851 Navy Conversion

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by Darren Miller, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Darren Miller

    Darren Miller New Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    I have just purchased an 1851 Colt Navy. I have a Taylor & Co cartridge conversion cylinder to shoot Cowboy Action ammo. I know you aren't supposed to dry fire these guns, but I can't get to a range very often. What I would like to do is use the original cap & ball cylinder for dry firing exercises. My question is, will anything other than the stock nipples be damaged if I do this? Will I hurt the action, internal components, the hammer, or anything except the cylinder that I do not plan to shoot with?
  2. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    Use .38 Special snap caps in the conversion cylinder. They're about twenty bucks or so for a pack of six on Amazon. The .38 Spl. case is marginally longer than the .38 Long Colt used in the conversion cylinders so they may require marginal trimming, but I doubt it.
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  3. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    The hammer will be. Maybe not enough to keep it from working but it will develop a kind of inverted donut where it strikes the nipple. You would be better off selling the c&b cylinder and using snap caps.
  4. lonewolf172

    lonewolf172 New Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    I'm not a fan of dry firing any firearm. I ALWAYS use SNAP CAPS
  5. Ibmikey99$

    Ibmikey99$ Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    In this case I would definitely fit snap caps to your cartridge cylinder to avoid damage. Often a weapon can be dry fired without damage, my S&W revolvers have been dry fired a jillion times as have my 1911 Colts. When I get Star pistols out a snap cap is a necessity or a broken firing pin will result.