General Custer 1851 Nickel Finish Pistol, #22-1503B
General Custer 1851 Navy Pistol, Nickel Finish
- This elegant General Custer M1851 Presentation Navy Revolver in gleaming nickel finish, is modeled after one presented to General Custer as a gift in recognition of his service during the Civil War. It has historically accurate details, working action, simulated ivory grips and is beautifully engraved. The cylinder of this revolver is engraved with a scene of the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche, while the frame features intricate scroll work.
HISTORY: Introduced in 1851, this cap and ball revolver was the pistol of choice during the Civil War and early expansion of the West. Even after the introduction of modern cartridge revolvers, the M1851 (often re-tooled with a cylinder to accept metal bullets) remained a staple in the gunfighter's arsenal. Its 7.5" octagonal barrel and strong frame made for a handsome and reliable sidearm. A matched pair of engraved 1851 Navy pistols were the favorite sidearms of Wild Bill Hickok.