Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank

Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank



Reviews: 128
Total reviews: 128
Positive: 95
Mixed: 20
Negative: 13
Retail Price: $199.00
Used Value: $139.30

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Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank Info

The original Model 1851 “Yank” single-action revolver was as much a part of the Western trail as the Americans who traveled it. Wild Bill Hickok carried a pair with ivory grips during his lawman days in Abilene. The Pietta Model 1851 Navy “Yank” .36-Caliber Black Powder Revolver with brass backstrap and trigger guard celebrates the wild West. Features a steel frame with case-hardened finish, octagonal barrel and walnut grips.

Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank Specifications

BrandPietta Model
ActionSingle Action
Caliber.36 Caliber
Gun TypeRevolver
SightsFixed Sights
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Fair Market Range $184 - $192
Fair Market Price $188
MSRP $199.99
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Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank Reviews

Positive: 124 Mixed: 0 Negative: 4
  • 20

    After having a number of Uberti made BP revolvers I decided to try out a Pietta made revolver. Finish is amazing I will say that but that's about where the praise ends. Upon getting it home and getting it ready for clean...ing the wedge will not come out. When I say will not come out I mean it may as well be welded to the frame as it will not budge at all. If your considering this revolver due to price save up and spend the money on an Uberti. Will be contacting Cabelas to resolve this issue. more

    July 31, 2018
  • 100

    Shoots better than I do...
    Cabela's finally put this on sale and I jumped on it. It's a good shooter and works just fine with my Ted Cash snail capper.

    July 22, 2018
  • 100

    Good gun for the money.
    I give this a conditional five stars. If you are going to shoot this gun a lot, you will have mechanical issues. I've had my latest one for about 4 years now, and have out many thousands of rounds through it. With the Co...lt design you can expect parts to break and wear out at this pace, especially considering the state of Italian metalurgy. Trigger springs, hands and the little cylinder locking mechanism WILL wear out after many rounds. I keep all these parts on hand realizing this is a fact of life for Colt repros, whether Uberti or Pietta. If you want more problem free shooting for many rounds, get a 1858 remington, you will never have a mechanical issue with those if you perform basic maintenance. more

    July 4, 2018
  • 100

    Pietta Model 1851 Navy "Yank" .36-Caliber Black Po
    I am very happy with this revolver. I own both Uberti and Pietta revolvers and out of the six I own this is the most accurate right out of the box. The bluing is nice, wood grips have nice grain but best of all is that t...he case hardening is beautiful. This is a real bargain and fun to shoot. My favorite Cap and Ball revolver, I highly recommend this gun! more

    June 11, 2018
  • 60

    .36 cal Models' Major Design Inconvenience
    I have a year old .36 cal "Yank" .36 cal 7 1/2" barrel steel frame. I also have al Brass Frame .36 cal 5 1/2" barrel model proofed this year. Fit & finish is on par with Uberti, action is smooth a...nd both are very accurate. more

    February 8, 2018
  • 100

    36 Cal Black Powder Pistol
    If u luv shooting guns. I would recommend trying the Black Powder pistol. It takes some adjustment at first, because of the loading and re-loading, but worth it...

    November 25, 2017
  • 100

    Just needed a little touchup with Swiss needle files on wedge which was a little tight. Now it fits like glove. All other workmanship, EXCELLENT. I'm a retired Tool-Maker by trade and, I cant leave anything alone, and I'...m going to fine tune and fit everything.Use Birchwood Casey aluminum black to do touchups if needed. It works on steel. more

    October 5, 2017
  • 80

    A piece of living history
    The 1851 Navy "Yank" looks just as nice in my hand as it did in those Spaghetti Westerns. I haven't got it to the range yet, but the action and timing are perfect- even with the Taylor & Co conversion cylin...der. I really enjoy handling it and can't wait to get it out in the field! more

    June 13, 2017
  • 100

    Lots of fun, even my 13yo daughter loves it!
    When I retired from the Navy, my mother-in-law bought me one as a retirement gift. Little did I know how much fun it would be. In fact, my daughter shot it for the first time a couple weeks back, after the smoke cleared,... she looked at me, smiled, and said "THAT is COOL! Recoil is very manageable, easily managed as my daughter proved. Without the supersonic crack, it is a whole different shooting experience. more

    June 10, 2017
  • 80

    Great Revolver for your money
    I'm new to the cap and ball revolver though not black powder. I wanted an affordable one not a cheap one. The Pietta Yank 1851 Navy fit the bill beautifully! Well constructed and a joy to shoot. An excellent purchase for... someone looking to start into the cap and ball sport. I am fully satisfied and will be shooting this gun quite a bit more in the future. more

    June 5, 2017
  • 100

    Pietta 1851 Navy
    Recently added this 1851 Colt Navy replica to my collection and must say I'm impressed. Pietta has definitely stepped its game up in recent years. The fit and finish is much better on this model than an 1860 Colt Army my... dad gave me that was made by Pietta 15 or 20 years ago. There quality control seems to be much better these days. I would definitely recommend this especially if you are just getting into black powder revolvers. For the money, it's hard to beat. more

    April 28, 2017
  • 100

    36 revolver
    I got my 36 mid winter after shooting a lot of round balls down range now it shoots good I pour my own r. balls and conials. I also Have two 44's from Cabela's.

    April 18, 2017
  • 100

    1851 Navy Colt
    the Revolver looked great every thing was tight cylinder locked tight cant say any thing Bad about it I own about 5 other Black Powder revolvers this 1 will fit right into my Collection an Plan on buying a stainless stee...l Black Powder Revolver next the only thing was it shot hight at 25 yards with 15 grains of BP I Just have to play with it some to figure out what it likes in Powder wiseGreat Revolver more

    April 14, 2017
  • 100

    1851 Pietta
    I picked up a pair of these for Christmas to shoot Cowboy with; they are very accurate; fit and finish is great. Nothing points as well as a 1851; almost don't need sights on them. I recommend the 1851 Pietta to anyone t...hat asks about shooting cap & ball. more

    April 8, 2017
  • 100

    Great gun
    The 1851 I got I converted to .38 cowboy load.I love it .shoots great.on target at 15 yards.I have lots of black powder percussion revolver.some I can shoot both .38 and rd balls.l just love old guns.

    February 23, 2017
  • 100

    Pietta 51 Navy Colt
    I bought the Pietta '51 Navy Colt and also a Howell 38 Special conversion cylinder,. The piece is beautifully detailed with the etched naval battle scene on the BP cylinder. It is beautifully balanced and sits perfectly ...in my hand. I've been to the range twice and it is dead on accurate in normal CAS ranges. I would purchase an extra wedge because the piece is small, easy to drop and without it, you will be throwing rocks. I love this gun! more

    January 16, 2017
  • 100

    High quality revolver,good fit and finish.Stiff action,needs lighter springs and smoothing of rough edges on hammer and trigger.

    January 5, 2017
  • 100

    An unbelievalbe working object de' art.
    Carried by James Butler Hickcock and famously used in Aibeline among other venues, as well as the revolver Elmer Keith ( father of the .357 and .44 magnum, Godfather of shooting stuff ) used to learn to shoot with. Finic...ky! You must learn to operate this gun! Load five. Always have an empty cylinder to drop your hammer on. Don't let the caps fall down the slot. The gun doesn't jam unless you let trash get into the action :D It's not a design flaw, negligent operators :D Stupid accurate. I would tell you about my first trip to the seven yard line but nobody would believe it. Good at a distance too. This is the genesis of the .38, the .380, the .357, and the 9mm. How can any serious armchair adventurer not own one? or two. I do have my eye on the new steel 'old silver' model offered recently. I think my plain Jane is going to be in my cross draw full flap on my 2" gun belt with a handy blade for many years to come, and if all goes well will be owned by the future generations. The price is right, spare cylinders, barrels, and internal parts can all be had. Shoulder stocks are available. The perfect 'toy' and I have to say, my cartridge gun ( pretty S&W Model 25-5 .45 LC ) spends a lot more time in the safe since I got my Piettas. The 1851 is my favorite 'homestead' or 'ranch' gun. It will put a groundhog in the dinner pot quick with a good rest. James Butler Hickcock aka Wild Bill was known to be a fine shot with his pair of nickel plated engraved ivory gripped Colt Navies. The Pietta replica, mine # 641441, makes all the feats attributed to Hickcock seem reasonable. This gun shoots if you do your part. Several gunsmiths offer various services and Youtube is rife with DIY instructions to modify the gun for reliability. I run mine stock, and really enjoy this gun. A fine tool or toy or simply to have around to look at. Good wall hanger if you don't obsess over every little artifact of manufacture. For serious woods loafing I find the Pietta 1851 and a sturdy heavy knife to be just the ticket. more

    November 4, 2016
  • 100

    Nice BP revolver
    This is a really nice revolver. Great finish and action with really nice grips.

    October 31, 2016
  • 60

    needed a steel frame 51 for the collection decided on a pietta brought it out to my range to try it after a great deal of cleaning shot it 5 times the lever loading screw fell out some where. did a live chat the good fol...ks at cabelas sent me 2 screws installed the screw only to discover the threads on the loading lever its self was stripped explaining why the original screw fell out. back to the live chat said they would forward a parts request last week. checked today it was mailed out 3 days ago. nice that there are still companies who care, and customer satisfaction is not dead. other wise a great revolver fit and finish perfect as good as my original 1873 colt the screw thing nocked it down to 3 stars more

    October 27, 2016
  • 80

    Best Bang for the Buck
    In 1968 Dad came home from a gun show with an Uberti 1861 Colt, so I've grown up with a .36 cal. cap & ball revolver. It was my job to disassemble & clean it after every trip to the range. It has been fired a lot..., worn internal parts have been replaced, and it still looks and performs as new today. For the guy who bought his 1851 to admire and not fire, I recommend taking it out to the range & shooting it. You will better appreciate it for its' performance as well as it's good looks. A good fitting set of screwdrivers is the secret to keeping it looking pristine. Proper disassembly and cleanup followed by application of Barricade (used to be called Sheath in the 60's) will preserve the like-new appearance. more

    August 18, 2016
  • 100

    Pietta 51 Navy .36
    This is probably the best value in the replica market. Great product for a fair price. I shoot a Hornady ball over a load of Triple Seven 3f and the Cabela's felt wads .You can shoot this all day which you can not do wit...h black powder, just make sure you use the correct amount of Triple Seven. If your not sure how to work up a load of TS you should stick to the black powder but be prepared for the extra work. Also black powder seems to be more difficult to acquire these days than the substitutes. more

    July 19, 2016
  • 100

    Excellent quality!
    I have purchased this model and several other Pietta’s in the last year or so.They have come a long way since the early 80’s and 90’s.I heard that Pietta switched to new CNC machinery around 10 years ago.The qualit...y and precision of the new CNC machinery rivals Uberti or any other competitor.Fit and finish is excellent, timing is perfect. And price is the best on the internet by far.The samples I received even have a .002 barrel gap. Very nice ‘arbor to frame’ fitting on all my samples.No more wedge adjusting to fit the cylinder gap like we had to do in the old days. Pietta really has done an excellent job with these new models. more

    May 11, 2016
  • 100

    1851 Navy 36
    The picture on this site does not do this gun justice ( sorry Cabela's ) This is one excellent made repro. and i have to say this is one of the most accurate handguns i think ive ever owned . I enjoy shooting it and wish... I would have purchased one sooner . My only complaint is I should have purchased all my extras at the same time from Cabela's because no one around my hometown carries BP supplies anymore . more

    September 13, 2015
  • 100

    FIne Revolver With some Flaws
    Well for the price If you know what You are doing You can fix just about any and every issue this Revolver has,which to me I always find challenging.

    August 12, 2015
  • 80

    first Pietta revolver
    On the advice of a shooting forum I decided to get this 1851 model. The gun is a toy for my retirement so I was wide open to giving it a real going over. Out of the box it functioned better then some other cap and ball r...evolvers I've had. Bolt timing is spot on and full cock is right after lock up. On disassembly I found the parts to be well finished and fitted with no significant burrs. The arbor to barrel fit is close and the correct length. The chambers are consistent and the forcing cone in the barrel is small. The bore isn't as smooth as most guns and after shooting I found some minor leading. The wedge fit was very tight and took to much effort to remove. I found the wedge fit the arbor and barrel loosely but reassembly to be very tight. The two slots didn't line up right so a bit of filing in the bottom (long side) of the arbor made the fit correct. Barrel to cylinder is .008", perfect to me. Remington #10 caps fit very well but CCI #10 caps are to tight. Shooting was done with 20 grains of GOEX fffg a felt wad soaked in SPG lube and a .375" ball. At 20 yards 12 shot groups are 3" by 3" the point of impact being 4 1/2" and 1" right above point of aim. No miss fires or jams. For the price no one should disappointed. more

    August 1, 2015
  • 100

    Very Pleased
    Really happy with quality and value. A realHoot to Shoot.

    July 4, 2015
  • 100

    I will not shoot this item as it is too beautiful, as I ama collector of firearms. An excellent reproduction of aPietta Navy 1851 revolver and am glad I purchased it thru Cabelas. Thank you.

    April 8, 2015
  • 80

    Nice Pistol For The Price
    Bought this pistol right after Christmas (with gift cards I received) from Cabela's on sale. The trigger guard has a couple of small casting gas holes, the load lever pivot is sloppy side-to-side, and the grip wood protr...udes above the steel frame. Overall, the rest of the pistol is finished very nicely, bluing and case colors are very good. The hammer/trigger/hand/bolt timing is very good. The grip frame does have the Pietta "tail" (whereas the Uberti does not). It is the basis for a project gun: an 1851 Navy Second Model with brass squareback triggerguard, shoulder stock, and reshaping the gripframe and grip to closely follow the original Colt lines, as well as a custom wood case for it all. IMO, worth the money for a pistol that will probably never be fired (but I am really tempted!). more

    February 1, 2015
  • 100

    Pietta 36 cal 5 star
    I have purchased two of these fine pieces and I am very plesed with there appearance and function both are excellent examples of the fine pieces of the past. L would say they are the finest I have purchaced. I am a colle...ctor and very pleased. more

    January 23, 2015
  • 60

    Maybe its right for you too.
    For the cost, the gun is a good buy. Everything works and the parts fit together just fine. The bluing was faded on one side of the barrel and the action was little rough. Stll the price vs the other companies is about $...100 less so this pistol is a great deal...Maybe. I bought this gun to use and abuse in the fields near my home and for that use it has held up just fine. I have already used up two pounds of powder and I don`t know how many pounds of lead without a problem. more

    January 16, 2015
  • 100

    quality pistol
    Smooth action this manufacturer produces a authenic line of reproduction firearms that function better than original

    January 16, 2015
  • 100

    One Fun and Accurate Black Powder Revolver
    Being that I am having so much fun with a Pietta New Army Remington 44 ( Item: IK-210082) that I bought for Christmas, I had to go out an buy another black powder pistol. Pietta's Model 1851 Navy .36 Caliber Revolver is ...just as much fun. I use a fairly light load of 15 grains of FFFG Pyrodex and the recoil is very soft. I would recommend purchasing with this well made Colt reproduction a Revolver Loading Stand (Item: IK-217559) and a small adjustable powder measure (Item: IK-210253). They make loading so much easier! more

    January 14, 2015
  • 60

    Quality is slipping at Pietta
    I purchased this revolver as a replacement for a 44 caliber Navy I had sold some years back. When I received the revolver I immediately noticed the poor fit and finish on this revolver compared to my 2003 model. Rough sc...ratches in the brass grip frame and poor wood to metal fit. Also it would not stay cocked because the hand that rotates the cylinder was too long and was causing the cylinder to advance too far and bind against the locking bolt. I completely stripped the revolver and correctly fitted the hand and locking bolt and now the revolver cocks and locks up perfectly. Although not a major problem for someone with knowledge of the inner workings of a Colt, a novice would be left with a gun that was non functioning requiring a trip to the gunsmith or back to the factory. more

    January 9, 2015
  • 80

    My first black powder
    This is the first black powder that I have ever owned or shot. This is a very well made revolver and is pretty accurate. Balance is very good and feels very comfortable in my hand. The only problem that I have found with... the revolver is that after firing the caps split and fall down into the hammer and frame area and jam up the action. I have ordered a set of Slix Shot nipples to try and correct this. I think that this would be a nice starter for a person new to black powder. more

    November 16, 2014
  • 100

    A Beautiful Revolver
    The Pietta Model 1851 Navy .36 caliber revolver is my third black powder revolver purchased and it is a beauty. I've fired at least 5 loads and it is a joy to shoot and very accurate. The fit and action is very good. The... case hardening is beautiful. I purchased it on sale so thank you to Cabela's for a great revolver at a reasonable price. more

    November 14, 2014
  • 100

    Outstanding pistol!!
    It's easy to see and feel why the '51 Navy Colt was Wild Bill Hickoks favorite pistol!! Pietta has done a great job recreating this timeless piece of shootin iron!!!Very good fit, finish and its a shooter to boot!!

    November 13, 2014
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    October 5, 2014
  • 100

    Fine Shooter
    Another fine shooter from Pietta and Cabela's. Very nice fit and finish and the color case hardening is a nice touch. Indexing of the cylinders is spot-on and lock up is tight. .36 caliber is very manageable and the gun ...is accurate. The trigger is the sweetest of any black powder gun I own. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try black powder or someone that wants to add to their collection. It's unfair that one review discounted it one star because they may not ever shoot it. Another gave it only one because they couldn't find the necessary supplies. Maybe black powder is not a good choice for them. Neither situation is the fault of the gun. Supplies are readily available on-line, if not at your local Cabela's. more

    September 5, 2014
  • 80

    Update review photo
    Pietta 1851 36 caliber I got to install silver rattlesnakes for display as a copy of Eastwood western pistol. Came out nice. Gun was already nice looking, great finish. Also I did play with the hammer/trigger, cocking an...d trigger pull were very nice. I may shoot it one day but primarily for a display. Great value and when on sale is even better. Cabelas is great to buy from as usual. Hope you like the photo more

    August 31, 2014
  • 100

    Dead mans Hand
    We Have a winner This out of the box after some cleaning i found everything wad right on time

    August 30, 2014
  • 80

    Pietta 1851 Navy Colt CCH Frame
    I just received the pistol today. Just like all the others it looks very nicely finished. Cylinder, hammer and trigger function well. I may or may not shoot it at some point and only gave 4 stars because of this. I'm sur...e it would have been 5 if I fired it. I actually got it to do a "Man with no name" clone by installing the silver rattlesnakes on the grips like Clint Eastwoods from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly movie. Should look great when finished. I really like these Pietta BP pistols and Cabelas is the best place to buy them. more

    July 26, 2014
  • 100

    Yes it's still a fine Revolver
    I will always be a Pietta customer and a Cabela's customer. I got the gun last week and the finish was super! The action a little tight and after loosening it up, I found that the bolt and hand timing was off. I found th...at the bolt was a hair too large to seat into the cylinder notches and it was marking up the cylinder, so I filed down and polished the bolt to fit properly in the notches, next I took the hand & spring out and filed on the back of the cylinder pin next to the frame so that the hand could index straight up and not bind on the cylinder pin when the hammer was pulled back. I also sanded and polished the bolt and trigger screws for smoother movement. After I put the gun all back together, it worked perfectly! This was one out of a hundred or thousand made that got away from the factory without proper final gunsmithing and inspection. These things happen and people's first response is to get mad, send it back and demand their money back and then write a terrible review on here. That is not the case with me, because when you get into back powder shooting, you are going to have to become an amateur gunsmith and learn how to repair your own guns because any gun you purchase from any company will need to be repaired some time in the future. The most common parts to be replaced in a gun are the hand & spring, the trigger & bolt spring and the bolt and the main spring. What makes the Pietta revolver a great gun are the materials used in the creation of the gun and the effort the factory workers take to bring you a great gun. I knew that I could, with a little effort and understanding of what it takes to fix a problem like I had encountered, have a great working gun. You can learn how to do just what I did to fix your gun should you encounter a similar problem by watching a youtube video like I did. I did consider returning the gun for a replacement but knowing that it would just be destroyed I decided to keep it and work on it. more

    July 21, 2014
  • 100

    Quality and FUN!
    When I decided to purchase a black powder revolver I originally did not consider Pietta due to reviews I read on problems with their older guns. Newer reviews seemed to indicate much better quality control, so I bought t...his gun. Unboxing revealed a beautiful gun. I was initially concerned when I could not remove the wedge, but another website showed how to drive the wedge out with an old (real copper) penny. Today I was finally about to shoot the gun. I started out with 18g of FFFg. Later, I shot a cylinder of 21g FFFg. This gun is a blast to shoot! I used #11 caps. The free kit that came with the order is all but worthless except for the nipple wrench, wads, and seals. I used the wads for the first cylinder fired, but didn't use wads for the next. I used the seals each time, lightly tamped on top of the ball after each ball was seated (I'm NOT smearing Crisco on my gun). I didn't see any difference without the wads, so I plan to stick to just using the seals on top of the balls. more

    June 23, 2014
  • 100

    Most accurate of my collection...
    The 1851 .36 Pietta Colt is an exceptional buy for the beginner to Black Powder Revolvers.. Very accurate.. Fun for anyone to shoot... The family target shooter.. I purchased the Brass frame .44 colt then the Walker... T...he .36 should be your first... Thanks Cabela's .. more

    May 15, 2014
  • 100

    great gun for a great price
    put in a order for this gun on Friday, got it on Thursday, I aint got to shoot it yet but its a good looking piece, got the free starter kit with it to, I thought about this for about 6 months, wish I would have went ahe...ad and got it sooner, its a great gun for the price and would do it again, no regrets. more

    April 25, 2014
  • 100

    Pietta 1851 Navy .36 cal.
    I was fortunate enough to visit a nearby Cabelas outlet store to examine this fine handgun prior to purchase, and it was & is everything I'd hoped. Fit & finish is excellent, lock-up is tight, and the grip is the... nicest looking I've seen in quite a while & I've seen & owned a bunch. I'm pleased with the fact this one has the safety pins between the nipple cutouts to enable one to load all six chambers & carry safely. Wedge was nice & tight, but not excessive. Cylinder to barrel gap is perfect. Nipples removed well. I've yet to burn powder with it yet, and I feel like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas Day! I don't believe this firearm will be a disappointment in the least. I would certainly recommend this product to anyone either beginner or pro. more

    February 1, 2014
  • 20

    While the revolver seems to be of very high quality, and was affordable, I have yet to shoot it, because I can't find the percussion caps necessary to fire it.

    September 30, 2013
  • 100

    Awesome Experience
    One of the best shooting experiences I've ever had. The pistol is excellent, performed flawlessly, and was spot on accurate right out of the box. Looks great as well and would make an excellent collector or heirloom piec...e, or functional equally as well in a trail setting. Solid, heavy construction. Only thing I would add or change is the wooden grips weren't quite finish fitted to frame which left an 'edge', though I suspect this is an authentic aesthetic feature found just as common on the originals of old. Can't stress enough just how much fun it is to shoot. Overall great product from Pietta. more

    September 23, 2013
  • 80

    Great, but not perfect!
    First, I really like the 1851 Navy in .36 Cal. I shoot the Pietta's and Uberti's instead of my 2nd Gen Colts...so they are shooters. I am always trying to smooth the action on them, but the new ones are pretty darn good ...from the factory. The one main thing I find wrong on nearly all of them is the match up of the bolt with the cylinder notch. You want them tight, but the bolt head is nearly always too big, which causes the cylinder notch to be chipped. I am even wondering if the cylinders with the engravings are softer than the cylinders that come in the Confederate pistols, which are smooth...no engravings.. I shoot an 1860 Pietta Army with the smooth cylinders from the Confederate style pistols (brass frames), and they show hardly any wear. I have shot both the smooth cylinders and engraved cylinders in the 1851 Navy, and the smooth ones seem to be wearing better, too. Otherwise, I am a big fan for shooting the Piettas if they have the steel frame; I don't shoot the brass frames...use them for parts or show. Bottom line, I recommend the steel frame Pietta's as shooters...great guns! I am sure I will add more to my collection! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! more

    August 18, 2013
  • 100

    Incredible Piece
    Looking at the picture here, does not come close to doing this fine pistol justice. I can only liken this 1851 Colt repro, to a real nice piece of jewelry. Everything about the way it looks, and the craftsmanship is abso...lutely first rate. It functions smoothly and the trigger pull is very acceptable.. I can't wait to get out and shoot it. more

    July 21, 2013
  • 80

    Good Value! My 1st BP gun - Real Fun to shoot!
    I would recommend this gun as a good value to get into black powder.

    June 19, 2013
  • 100

    Great Gun
    Beautiful craftsmanship, great groups on target. Would buy another.

    June 10, 2013
  • 100

    The Classic Six Shooter
    I have shot this with the Cabela's muzzle-loading/black powder pistol manual's recommended 15 grains of black powder (Goex - FFFg). Though the maximum black powder charge stated by Pietta, the manufacturer, is 22 grains.... I am quite content with the 15 grains blowing out the .375 lead ball. Recoil is gentle, accuracy is pretty darn good out of the box, the smoke in the air as it floats back into your face is something you must experience first hand. I recommend this 1851 in 36 cal, it is all you need for good black powder plinking fun. The cost to fire these is dirt cheap, especially if you melt your own lead. more

    June 1, 2013
  • 100

    Fit and finish are flawless. I noticed bead is set higher for a lower point of aim. I put the first 3 rounds through with 15 grains of pyrodex p in a cluster the size of a silver dollar. Accuracy is absolutely awesome !!... this is the 3rd pietta in 36 cal I've purchased and I am really liking them much better for target than the .44's. 20 grains in them has a very respectable report! I can see a couple more 36's down the road. more

    April 13, 2013
  • 100

    I have several black powder revolvers, and have always been a fan of the 1858 Remington replicas. This is my first 1851 Colt, and I wasn't ready for how accurate it is. At 10 meters freehand, it makes a 5 leaf clover (ye...s, I know there is no such thing) on the target. more

    March 5, 2013
  • 60

    I nice design, maybe needs quality controls more
    I received my 1851 .36cal in a timely fashion, had to make some time to receive and sign for it. I bought it during a sale, so I wasn't overly concerned at some casting bubble pin hole pits in the brass, mainly the rear ...back strap piece clustered in several spots, seems solid enough, but definitely seems like a rushed casting job and low quality control for a brief time, but when you consider what they sell for, its surprising they don't cost more, and by the time the brass blemishes from use this minor cosmetic issue won't matter for me, as long as it is strong enough for use, I am sure it is. Haven't shot mine yet, will soon, and eventually it will be shot much. And I do recommend these Piettas, I have a 1860 and a 1858, both Pietta.. more

    February 22, 2013
  • 100

    1851 .36 cal navy
    Beautiful gun. I've own several revolvers, includeing rugers. None of them fit my hand or felt so natural to hold like this revolver. Its well balanced, pull back the hammer and you can feel how solid of a gun this is. E...verything locks up great, no slop anywhere. Weadge is tight, to me, thats a good thing. I can see why wild Bill had a pair of them. I have'nt shot it yet, but I can not imagine it will disapoint me. If you can only afford one bp revolver, this is it. Service was great. Ordered it on a friday, got it on thursday, more

    February 17, 2013
  • 100

    Excellent pistol
    I purchased the Wild Bill Hickok model in the .36 cal. I should have bought two of them. Beautiful engraving everywhere and white grips. The fit and finish is perfect. I have a lot of pistols however this is my new favor...ite. The feel of the pistol is very nice, and you just want to handle it. It's a very good shooter, as I was just about touching holes with it at 20 yards and very surprised of the accuracy. It's easy to take apart and clean, too. I also purchased a cross draw holster with a slight tilt so I could pull it out quick. I was practicing my draw out on the range yesterday. I love this pistol and I would suggest to any friend to go ahead and buy it. more

    February 2, 2013
  • 100

    I bought this revolver a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't be more happy with it. I finally got around to shooting it yesterday. It shoots great. I used 18 grains of triple 7 3Fg powder, remington #10 percussion caps and t...he .375 round balls that came with the starter kit. The gun shoots great. My groups all touched at about 25 yards. The gun shoots a little high at that yardage like the other reviews said but easy to adjust to. The flask that comes with kit is pretty cheap but it does its job. The strap for the rubber cap broke immediately. All in all I'm very satisfied and I recommend the Pietta 51 navy steel frame. more

    January 30, 2013
  • 100

    Pietta's are a great value
    I've converted to cartride, at least a half dozen of these and have just ordered two more 51 Navy's.They are a quality product at an extremely reasonable price from Cabela's. I would recommend them to anyone. Have covert...ed them with Kirst and R & D (Howell old west conversions) and both are excellent. Many thanks to Pietta for making them available. more

    January 23, 2013
  • 100

    Great Looking, Great Shooting
    So, I want to say that after having bought a navy revolver in .36 caliber, I won't own another caliber of this gun ever again. The .36 calliber is more accurate, easier to load, you get double the amount out of your lead... (the ball being smaller), and the longer barrel makes it much more accurate. more

    January 10, 2013
  • 20

    Pietta 1851 navy
    I found the revolver to be of inferior quality when I inspected it and compared it to the other B.P. revolvers that I own and use.The reasons:#1: The action timing was off. While pulling the hammer back to cock the revol...ver the trigger would drop into the full cock sear well before the cylinder lock sear reached the cylinder locking bolt and the chamber was in alignment with the bore of the barrel. The revolver could be fired even if the shooter of this revolver was unaware that the chamber and bullet were not fully aligned with the bore. The hammer had to be pulled back beyond full cock (approx. 1/4" at the thumb spur) to get the cylinder to rotate into proper alignment with the bore and the cylinder bolt. And then the hammer has to be eased back down onto the full cock sear and trigger before this revolver would be safe to fire. (note: the gun was never fired but was returned to Cabela's) more

    November 23, 2012
  • 100

    Pietta 1851 Navy
    Pietta has improved over the years and this is a fine piece. Tight lock-up, smooth trigger, Fit and finish good overall. I do wish they would put their name on the underside of the barrel, but minor issue.Especially grea...t value when you can catch it on sale. more

    October 11, 2012
  • 100

    a blast from the past
    The revolver was of excellent quality for the price. It had one small ding on the barrel, but the finish was excellent. I ended up spending more on the accessories than I did for the revolver. I took this to the range fo...r my very first time shooting a black powder gun. The shots were in a small group, but high and to the left. I had no misfires out of 30 shots using 15 grains of Pyrodex P and Remmington #10 caps. I had no trouble getting the barrel wedge out for clean up. It just took one tap with a plastic tipped hammer. more

    September 30, 2012
  • 100

    Good purchase
    Revolver arrived a week ago and I'm more than happy with it.

    September 23, 2012
  • 100

    Great Purchase
    I have now purchased two of these beautiful Colt 1851 Navy black powder revolvers from Cabela's and they are superb. Fit and finish are excellent, as well as functionality.

    May 11, 2012
  • 100

    Excellant 1851 Reproduction
    Excellant finish[even blueing]In time and locks tight.Most likely better than an original one due yo modern steels.

    April 17, 2012
  • 100

    Well built, timing excellent, wedge worked perfectly right out of the box, easy to take apart and put together and the finish outstanding WELL DONE!!

    April 14, 2012
  • 80

    Nice but ...
    Grips were slightly bigger than the frame and sharp that could be felt when holding the pistol . Nipples and area around were rusty and deep scratch that looked like the factory had half heartily tried to buff out on cas...e hardened area . Sorry Cabelas but this pistol should of been inspected better and cleaned more throughly before it left the factory . All in all, I decided to keep it and shoot the heck out of it . more

    March 25, 2012
  • 100

    Mighty fine revolver
    I've always loved the .36 Navy colt revolver. I used to own an uberti 1851 navy but I love the pietta 1851 navy colt .36 revolver i bought from cabela's in august 2011 way better. The way the cylinder spins so freely on ...half cock, the way the loading lever is on it, it's a very accurate and very beautiful piece. I can hit the bottom end of a pop can turned on it's side facing me at 20 yards consistently with it. I also bought a 15" cabela's heavy canvas pistol case for it. I heartily recommend buying both the pistol and that case more

    February 6, 2012
  • 100

    This was the second replica that I bought from Cabelas some years ago and since then have bought three more different models. I love this 1851 steel frame Navy .36 and have shot hundreds of rounds through it and it's sti...ll super accurate, locks up tight, and feels great in my hand. I do only use #10 caps for it. This model was the choice of Wild Bill Hickok and I always wondered why he didn't change over to the 1873 Colt .45 Peacemaker and after I bought mine I understood why. It's my favorite of all five of my Pietta's from Cabelas. Happy trails. more

    January 27, 2012
  • 100

    Great deal for Black powder fun!
    I've had this revolver for a few months now. I wanted something authentic like Gen. Robert E. Lee and "Wild Bill" Hickok used, and this Colt Navy delivers. It points naturally, and loaded with a .380 ball, lube...d wad, and 20 or so grains of Pyrodex P, shoots great! Almost no recoil. Firing one-handed, standing, groups are the size of my hand.The wedge was tight at first but I read a trick to place a copper penny (pre-1982) over it and hit that with a rubber mallet and that worked. more

    January 15, 2012
  • 100

    Great Guns!
    I have several Pietta C&B revolvers that I purchased from Cabelas, but this 1851 Navy Colt steel frame is my latest. I can unequivocally state that I was not disappointed. Pietta quality has improved a great deal ove...r the past few years so that their quality is as good as the higher priced brand. Cabelas does the black powder shooters and collectors a great service by offering a terrific selection of Pietta revolvers at the best prices on the market bar none! My 1851 Navy Colt was perfect in every detail. Timing was correct, arbor length was correct, and the fit and finish is superb. Even the trigger pull was very good. I did not have to do any 'tinkering' with it to make it perfect, I received it that way. If you are looking for an 1851 Navy Colt, this is the one, and this is the place! more

    January 6, 2012
  • 100

    Good Revolver
    The revolver shoots where it's aimed and the finish is good.

    January 2, 2012
  • 100

    30 years young and still shooting like new!!!
    I have owned one of these replica Colt 1851 steel frame .36 caliber revolvers since 1979. This year I finally had to replace the hand and hammer using the replacement parts kit from Cabela's. After 30 years of service an...d thousands of rounds this is still one of my favorite side arms to carry on hunting trips and other wilderness outings. It is relatively light weight, powerful, and reliable as a good skinning knife! It may not be "modern" and it isn't as powerful as some cartridge revolvers but it is a very useful tool, and after 30 years full of sentimental value! and no worse for wear and tear either. more

    November 3, 2011
  • 80

    Nice gun but Barrel Wedge difficult to remove
    Love the gun but had a difficult time removing the barrel wedge. Here is what I did to eventually to get the wedge out:

    October 21, 2011
  • 100

    Perfect right out of the box!!!
    This is my third Pietta repro revolver. My previous revolvers were rough around the edges and the action. Using a fine file and hard rock I smoothed them up. This Navy repro exceeded all my expectations, it was perfect r...ight out of the box. I am very pleased and this is by far my favorite revolver. The price was awesome, under $200. more

    August 27, 2011
  • 100

    I have never been so impressed with a pistol. I have grown up with a gun in my hand. I have never been a great shot with a pistol. I don't know if it is the perfect balance or the 7 1/2 inch barrel. I can now put all sho...ts within a pattern the size of a quarter at 40 feet. Thinking very serious about ordering another one. more

    July 7, 2011
  • 100

    Blackpowder Bargain!
    A quality blackpowder revolver in fit and finish. Well worth the price for a steel frame revolver in a classic design.

    May 11, 2011
  • 100

    1851 navy 36
    This is the first .36 i have bought and i love it. it has a great fit and finish and some people complain about the grips being big but mine fit perfect. for the price you cant beat it.

    April 1, 2011
  • 100

    Best Of The .36 Colts
    This is my first .36 Cal pistol, I love this pistol. fit and finish is as good as it gets. Grips hang over the frame a small bit, I can fix them, or shoot it as is. I still give it five stars. useing 20 gr pistol P powde...r, a felt wad over powder, and .36 rd ball for this revolver. This load puts all six in 1.5" group and 6's high at 30 feet, will file the V notch in hammer down to get the POI down to POA. I shoot all new B.P. pistols at 30 feet first time out, and move to longer ranges 50, 75,and 100 yds second time out. This colt shoots and points like a dream, NOT A KICKER. I have six black powder pistols now, all in .44 cal, All from cabelas, all piettas, all shoot just fine. The colts are really cool pistols, I'm looking at the 1858 .36 cal police to go along with my new .36 colt navy. To date, I have never had any reason to send any of them back to cabelas. Get all my round ball, and #10 caps from cabelas. This is the best hobby in the world. more

    February 22, 2011
  • 100

    nice item
    Pietta did an excellant job on this piece----would recommend

    February 21, 2011
  • 100

    Ordered the 1851 not know exactly how the product would be in quality, workmanship since this was the first time I had ordered from Cabela's. Order was received within three days, packaged nicely and safely. Fit and fini...sh were well above expectation, one minor problem but nothing that required return of product. Did the on-line chat with customer service and in less than 5 min issue was addressed and handled. Love to shoot this revolver, and it is very accurate even for old eyes it hits where you point it. You might be able to buy at a lower price, which I doubt, but the followup and customer service is why I will remain a devoted customer of Cabela's. more

    January 16, 2011
  • 100

    Great Gun for the money
    This is a fine replica pistol for the money. The fit and finish is very good and makes a good display piece. The gun shoots very well out of the box, the .36 cap and ball is a fun shooter, even the wife and kid can handl...e it with an appropriate powder load. Pietta makes a very good replica, it is not a screw for screw exact replica of this historic revolver but, on the fun and affordable scale it rates a 10. more

    January 3, 2011
  • 100

    1851 Steel Frame Navy
    Received today. WOW!!, what a beautiful piece.Took it totally apart for inspection and degreasing. No matter how hard I looked, no flaws could be found. The nipples actually came out with normal torque.This is my 3rd Pie...tta. They really make at top quality product.Highly recommend.Thanks, Cabellas more

    September 12, 2010
  • 100

    1851 .36 cal Navy
    Out of the box, this is the best cap and ball I own. It shoots one inch groups from the bench at 20 yards with 25gns of Pyrodex P. It was shooting high but I ground down some of the hammer face and dropped the notch down... a little and now it shoots right on. The balance is just great and fit and finish were perfect. The trigger had a little too much creep for me so I stoned the hammer notch and now it breaks like glass. more

    September 1, 2010
  • 100

    Very nice.
    Accurate reproduction of a great firearm. I love mine!

    July 25, 2010
  • 100

    great for the price

    July 6, 2010
  • 80

    Great replica
    Its a great replica of the 1851 revolver, Its great for beginners.Its a nice piece Of American history. I keep it for collection and the price is good.

    May 21, 2010
  • 100

    Really nice Navy .36
    Received yesterday, so I haven't fired it yet. The fit and finish are excellent, much better than the 58 Remington brass frame and the 51 Navy brass frame(from kit) that I had 25 years ago. Also the sale price was only a... little over double what I paid for the kit back then. I'm very pleased! more

    April 18, 2010
  • 100

    Awesome revolver
    I used to have Remingtons, but I found than the actions on them were a little tighter than I liked. Colts have a great feel, they are ballanced well and shoot great with CCI caps. I did buy remington caps from cabelas an...d found they are alot cheaper in quality than CCI. half of the caps were just copper with nothing in them because the explosives in the cap fell out, pieces of junk. but the gun is great I cant wait to get another one, and would like to get a conversion cylinder for it. I highly recommend this to anyone I carry this around on my property, its so light you dont even realize its there. also love cabelas great service!always in the saddle...The Hoosier Kidd more

    February 20, 2010
  • 100

    .36 Cal 1851
    I haven't shot this pistol yet. But I was impressed with the quality for the price. I'll probably refinish the grips but they are fine for a gun in this price range. Although tight, I didn't have any trouble removing the... wedge. Not always the case with these revolvers. It points like a dream. more

    October 28, 2009
  • 100

    Exellant Revolver
    This revolver is one of the best purchases I have made. Very good quality and best performance for such a reasonable price. trust me its a deal, because this revolver is being sold for less than it is worth. very accurat...e, reliable, and fun to shoot. worth every penny. A very fine reproduction. more

    September 28, 2009
  • 80

    Impressive Gun for and Impressive Price!
    Overall, I was quite impressed by the appearance and quality. The revolver seemed pretty solid and built with tight tolerances. It arrived quickly and was bathed in oil to prevent rust. It feels good in my hand and is we...ll-balanced. more

    September 26, 2009
  • 100

    1851 colt navy
    Great service, product and fast delivery. The $20.00 savings offer also a plus. Keep up the good work.

    September 8, 2009
  • 100

    1851 colt
    bought mine at cabela's about four years ago. never fired black powder out of it. bought a kirst conversion cylinder and shell ejector, and converted it to 38. long colt and 38. special wadcutters. told the kids it was a... horse pistol , and they love it. more

    September 7, 2009
  • 100

    Pietta Colt 1851 Navy
    For an off-the-shelf copy of the Colt Navy, it's great! Fine workmanship with a solid, smooth action, and at a really good price. An outstanding choice for a first black powder pistol or as an addition to a collection. F...or shootin' or just displaying you can't go wrong with this one! more

    August 23, 2009
  • 100

    excellent product
    good service

    July 27, 2009
  • 20

    poor workmanship
    i think this was a veary poor revoler, the only thing good i can say about it was the finish was good, would not recommend anyone getting one for any use but wall hanging.

    July 3, 2009
  • 60

    Needs some work
    Pietta has a problem.The barrel wedge doesn't fit well so Pietta pounds it into place with a sledge hammer or so it seems. This is true of their steel frame 1860 Army as well. It causes a slight bulge in the metal on the... right rear side of the wedge slot on the barrel to boot.After finally getting the wedge out and marring my finish on my brand new .36 Navy (had to use a brass punch), I found either the slot cut in the cylinder base pin is too far back or the wedge slot cut into the barrel is too far forward. I unscrewed the base pin a half turn and ground about 1 mm off the end so the barrel would slide onto the base pin far enough to seat against the two frame alignment pins.Once this was done, everything fit together perfectly and the cylinder now rotates freely without any undue looseness.This doesn't seem to be a problem on the brass frame 1851s so it's possible they are tapping the hole for the base pin just a little too deep on the steel frames.For the price I guess I shouldn't complain, but Pietta could fix this problem very easily (in my opinion) and have a perfect first pistol for the black powder newbie. more

    April 29, 2009
  • 100

    Great, fun.
    Great pistol. Accurate out of the box, well made, lots of fun.

    April 19, 2009
  • 100

    The more the merrier
    Being a re-enactor, I MAY never shoot live loads out of these guys.

    April 15, 2009
  • 80

    Beautiful revolver
    I was very pleased with the fit and finish of the Pietta 1851 Navy. Blueing, case hardening, and the wood grips were all excellent. The cylinder rotation was smooth, without a lot of excess play. The trigger was also smo...oth and reasonably light. I don't see how the higher prices revolvers could be any better. I give it 4 stars only because I haven't shot it yet. I expect it to shoot well, however. more

    March 6, 2009
  • 60

    1851 Colt Navy .36 caliber
    I just picked this gun up today and planned on shooting it tomorrow so I got right to disassembly and cleaning. First off, the wedge was inproperly fit and was forced into position. It was so tight that I needed to use a... brass drift and significant hammer to loosen it. The pin holding the spring to the wedge eventually failed as well. Happily, the entire gun was covered with a protective oil although the bore was dry and had a bit of surface rust although not anything to be too concerned about. It cleaned up fairly easily and allowed viewing of the machine marks in the bore as a result of the rifling operation. Not what I would call a quality job on Pietta's part. Fit and finish is only fair. The wood grips don't fit the brass grip frame too well in some areas. The cylinder timing seems to be very good and when locked up at full cock, the cylinder is at least as tight as 95% of modern revolvers on the market today. The hammer is crisp and smooth when pulled back and when eased back down. The trigger has a considerable amount of travel (creep) before the hammer is released. Cycling the action provides a reasonably smooth feel and the gun feels good in the hand. It is a tad barrel heavy but that is to be expected with that much steel out in front. Best of all, it looks great and the color-case hardening is very good. With the wedge installed the barrel assembly is locked solidly with zero barrel play, just like it should be. The cylinder to barrel gap is only .009" of an inch. This is tighter than several of my other single action pistols. One other thing I noticed is the recess cut in the bottom of the brass grip frame. This usually means there is a rifle buttstock that will attach, turning this pistol into a make-shift short barreled rifle. Looking in the latest Cabelas catalog and on the website I found no such attachment offered. Too bad. And finally, I found that six of the twelve screws were loose at least one-half turn and some by two full turns. For the price it's probably a good deal although not stellar. My previous Pietta guns have always had moderately soft steel and could be more easily damaged (dented/scratched) than modern firearms. Still, it's a beauty. more

    February 20, 2009
  • 80

    An excellent pistol
    My first Pietta was an 1858 new army clone I bought in the late 80's, and it's been a great shooter. My second was Cabela's 1851 navy clone. I have only fired in during one range session, but I am impressed. It locks up ...tight. It has an excellent trigger pull. The low front sight does make it shoot high, like most of it's kind. At 25 yards, from a rest, I was grouping them on the top of the target. Mild recoil, easy loading, and points great. fit and finish are very good. A blast to shoot. If you are thinking about a blackpowder revolver, this one is a very good choice. more

    January 24, 2009
  • 80

    1851 Navy in .36 Caliber (like the originals)
    This is the 4th Pietta black powder revolver I've purchased (all from Cabelas). I'm happy with them all. The first was an 1860 Colt .44 (100% pleased with it). The second was an 1858 Remington and a spare cylinder (also ...100% pleased). I can't find any fault with the appearance, workmanship, or functioning of either of these revolvers - I think they are an incredible bargain. The third I purchased was one of the nickel and gold plated "engraved" 1858 Remingtons. I actually bought this for my son as a birthday gift (it's a little gaudy for my taste - but he really liked it). I found it marked way down in a Cabelas store (it was the last one - aparently discontinued). It has a small rough spot or two, but nothing serious. I don't think it is quite as nicely finished as the first two (it may be pretty old and was probably a display model - the box was very shopworn). more

    January 3, 2009
  • 60

    A lemon
    I always disassemble, clean and lube a new firearm when I get it home. With a plastic mallet I was able to remove the wedge that retains the front assembly. That's as far as I got. The cylinder would not slide forward on... the cylinder pin more than half an inch. Being unable to remove the cylinder meant I was also unable to remove the nipples. So I marked the cylinder pin with a marker and moved the cylinder forward to see where it was sticking. That made it easy to see where a bit of polishing would help. If that was the only thing wrong I could work with it. But there was zero cylinder gap no matter how shallowly or deeply I pushed in the wedge so the cylinder would not spin freely. I'll have to return it or take it to my gunsmith. more

    November 19, 2008
  • 60

    navy colt
    works for me

    October 4, 2008
  • 100

    Good over all product.
    Good over product. Great pointing Gun

    September 23, 2008
  • 80

    Well made, but needs a bit of smithing
    While I am very happy with the gun, there are some things a buyer should know. Internal fit and finish needs some final smoothing to really bring the gun into the area of sweet. The primary problem with this gun was the ...bolt is wider than the grooves in the cylinder. It will rapidly peen the cylinder grooves. It's very easy to take the gun apart and file the bolt down so it will fit cleanly.I enjoy minor 'smithing, so it's not a problem for me. A professional gunsmith would probably to the job better and faster than me, but I like to tinker.I am looking forward to using the gun in an upcoming Cowboy Action Shooting event.Pulp, SASS#28319 more

    September 17, 2008
  • 100

    1851 Navy Model .36 Caliber Revolver
    This is a really nice gun. The bluing is beautiful. It functions perfectly. I put 100 rounds through it already and I have not had any problems with it in regards to its function. It is really fun to shoot.

    August 16, 2008
  • 100

    1851 Navy .36
    Really great revolver. Would highly recommend it as a good starter revolver. Little longer then my 1862 police. but a really good shooter.

    August 15, 2008
  • 100

    beautifull pistol
    I like this pistol it is beautifully engraved. Shots really good also.

    August 15, 2008
  • 100

    36 Cal. Navy
    I've had this gun for a few months. I like the finish, fit, and balance. It shoots high at 10 steps, but should be on at maybe 20 steps. #11 caps hang-up in cylinder - #10 caps would be better. This is a good gun.

    June 1, 2008
  • 100

    Sweet 36`s
    I bought the Hickcock model prior to this one and was very pleased with the quality and performance. Wanted to see how the standard model measured up. She is just the same. Very happy with them and Pietti.

    March 13, 2008
  • 100

    The little Navy that could .............
    I received my pistol last week and fired it for the first time this week. This is my first Black Powder firearm and after the first day, I went back to the range two more days in a row…this thing is fun to shoot!First ...piece of advice: watch the two videos on loading and cleaning: they are worth watching! Click on the videos under the “Additional info” on the product page. Like I said, this is my first BP gun and I had no problem loading and shooting it after I watched the videos.Like other have said, It does shoot high. Then again, what’s high at 15 yards won’t be so high at 50 and the sights are fixed so it’s a compromise no matter what. It groups very well. I used Hornady lead balls (.375) and Pyrodex P – No wads and Muzzleloader lube to seal the chambers.The first time I shot it, I used a scale to measure my loads. Then I cut down a shell casing to use as a quick measuring device. A full load will fill up most of the chamber and cause you to need to compress it somewhat with the ball. Make sure you press the all of the ball below the level of the cylinder or you’ll have to take the gun apart to get the cylinder back to the lever. I’ve had no problems, so far. I’ve put about 60 rounds (loads?) through it.Recoil is very light. It seems less then a 9 m/m: I shot both side by side. Now, I am thinking that I should have gone with the 44. But, the 36 is so fun to shoot that I’m glad I got it…I’ll get a 44 next!This is a bug that will not soon go away………… more

    March 12, 2008
  • 100

    '51 Navy
    Excellent Italian reproduction made by F.LLI Pietta in Brescia. Fit and finish is excellent. Good shooter, but just like the originals, shoots high. In my opinion, the '51 Navy is the "crown jewel" of the percu...ssion revolvers. Versions in .44 cal are not authentic. 36 it the only caliber these were ever made in untill modern times. more

    February 12, 2008
  • 100

    Pietta 1851 navy cal .36 (steel frame)
    First,for the money....this is the best deal going on the web(Cabela's). Fit and Finish is very good...top of the line replica revolver. At this time I would like to add....these are close to the quality of Uberti....ver...y close and you will save $60 to $100 in real Greenbacks,the choice was easy for me because I have owned many Uberti revolvers and they are nice BUT these Pietta guns are close to them.....this was not so only a few years ago but Pietta has come a long way in the replica market the past few years. If you are looking for a great Colt Clone you are at the right place....Cabela's. Buy one,you won't be sorry. more

    September 25, 2007
  • 100

    Super Quality
    One of the best 1851's I've ever seen!!! Great finish and supurb wood on the grips

    August 5, 2007
  • 100

    It does have the naval battle scene onthe cylinder
    I couldn't tell by the photos, but just so you all know, this revolver does have the naval battle scene engraved on the cylinder just like the original colt model. Everything else is exactly like I expected. Definitely w...orth the $. more

    July 28, 2007
  • 80

    1851 Navy, Steel Frame
    This revolver represents good value for the money. Currently, Cabelas would seem to have the best price for Pieta reproductions. The extra instruction booklet that Cabelas includes is very helpful, especially in regards ...to min / max powder charges. This booklet is far more useful than the one from Pieta written in Italienglish.The fit and finish are good. The action is well timed, and the revolver has performed flawlessly so far (circa 120 shots.) I look forward to putting more lead down the barrel when time allows: it is definitely fun to shoot. Accuracy is surprisingly good, and with proper, consistent loading technique this revolver will shoot consistent groups.Going by the sights, it may seem that the revolver is shooting high at close ranges, but this logically evens back out at longer ranges. Once you get the feel of the revolver and know what it is going to do, and with some practice, the rounds will go right where you want them: consistently and reliably. The design of the 1851 makes it seem like an extension of the arm: it is a true point-and-shoot weapon. Perhaps it is important to realize that back in the day during a skirmish, taking the time to carefully line up the sights with this revolver in your left hand and a saber in your right hand might lead to a short career. If you are looking for competition sights, buy something else. If you want a true feel weapon, the 1851 Navy scratches the itch just as it has for the past 156 years.Once again, this revolver is well worth the money and I am very than satisfied with it. Why then 4 stars instead of 5? Two reasons:1) Fit and finish are good, but not excellent. Ditto for the tolerances. The timing of the action is good; but overall, the feeling of the action could be somewhat tighter and crisper. This revolver is not as good as an Uberti, but it also costs quite a bit less.2) Pieta has stamped their name on the right side of the barrel, and .36 cal, Black Powder Only (duh!) on the left side of the barrel. Unfortunately, this stamping also looks uneven and rough around the edges of the letters. Obviously these are reproductions, but that fact does not have to be plastered on the sides of the 1851s elegant octagonal barrel. That is not a matter of price, but of historical sensitivity and attention to detail. Uberti stamps the same information discretely under the loading lever.That being said, this is a good product. Although it is understandable why one might want to pay up for an Uberti to get those last details (I have done that, also) it is not necessary in order to get a good shooter.Whatever you choose to shoot, shoot it well and enjoy it. more

    June 12, 2007
  • 80

    Not Bad At All
    First off. you have to know that this weapon takes #10 caps/ not said any where, including the owners manual. Second, You must get 0375/ .36 Cal Rounds. I ordered online and got 350 Rounds. 2 small. however, Cabelas peop...le on the phone made it right. I used the #11 caps that I had bought and had to pinch em. Third you MUST Tighten ALL SCREWS!! From the Get Go & All the time ! I lost the wedge screw after 18 shots. The trigger screw just keeps on movin every time you cock it. Lock Tite? Not for me. So I deal with it. NOW for the good!!! Gun shoots Very good. Once I shot a doz or 2 rounds I can group 6 in5" at/35 yrds. Standing Straight arm. good solid gun. Well made. I just have a problem with the lack of Complete specs online. But if you like Navy BPs This is a good one .AND Cabelas has the best price! more

    May 4, 2007
  • 100

    Best bang for the buck
    I bought two of these for CAS and have been impressed since day one. I have only used reloads in both guns with R&D cylinders and the accuracy has been par with most colt clones in single action, the R&D cylinder...s did need a little more work than the original cylinder with the action (just a little honing and cleaning) but nothing any self respecting shooter couldn't handle. Cabela's definetly has the best buy on these pistols. more

    February 26, 2007
  • 100

    Great Gun To Have!
    It's been almost a year since I bought this .36 caliber Navy revolver. And let me tell you something, it's a great gun! Hands down!. In my life I never shot a gun so accurate and easy to handle and maintain. I would reco...mmend this weapon to anyone who likes black powder revolvers either for target practice, hunting, or simply collecting classic firearms! more

    January 25, 2007
  • 100

    Buy me
    I bought this pistol a couple of months ago and finally got to use it. It quickly became one of my favorites. While I love Remington New Army's this pistol is far lighter and contrary to what everyone says the lack of a ...backstrap can be easily over come. By reducing the amount of powder you use this "problem" will be prevented. Cleaning balck powder is easy either use soap and water or a commercial black powder solvent, not nitro or copper solvent. Keep it clean and well oiled and you will get years of enjoyment from your purchase. more

    November 18, 2006
  • 100

    great blackpowder guns
    I am a civil war reenactor so I need a dependable gun that looks historically accurate and these guns look good, feel good, and shoot great. Live firing they are great; if you want a sound gun buy these!

    November 17, 2006
  • 100

    1851 Navy Model.36 Caliber Revolver
    This revolver is made by Pietta in Italy. Many years ago I owned several cap and ball revolvers made by Pietta. The quality was so so and they all needed work to make them function smoothly. At that time Pietta was not c...onsidered the maker of high quality cap and ball revolvers. more

    November 14, 2006