Colt 1851 Navy - Iron Guard
The Colt 1851 Navy was a very popular belt pistol. They were produced from 1851 through 1872. In the 1850's Colt was able to sell them to the US army and navy. The Navy requested Iron backstrap and trigger guard. The navy pistols were marked U*S*N on the bottom of the iron backstrap. Also inspector initials would be stamped into the wood on the bottom of the grip. They also were marked with a US on the frame like Army purchases.
This example shows use. There is no finish remaining. The metal is a medium grey patina. The numbers match on the barrel, loading lever, frame, cylinder, cylinder arbor, trigger guard and backstrap, The wedge has no number. The action works well. There are only traces of the cylinder scene left. The grips show wear and dings and there no trace of the inspector's initials. There is scattered pitting on the metal.