Inspired by the very rare and extremely sought-after 1st Generation Colt pistols inspected by US Ordnance Department Principle Sub-Inspector in Charge, Henry Nettleton, Cimarron Firearms recreated the Colt Single-Action Cavalry Model with his unique inspection initials. Let’s take a look at the Henry Nettleton Revolver.
Cimarron Reproduces a Legend with the Henry Nettleton Revolver
Cimarron Firearms, makers of quality replicas of Old West firearms, introduces the US Cavalry 1873 Henry Nettleton revolver. For collectors of antique firearms, the Henry Nettleton inspected Cavalry models are a much sought-after firearm with auction prices reflecting its rarity.
The Cimarron replica of the US Cavalry 1873 model showcases the features that made this gun the weapon of choice for government troops. The Henry Nettleton Cavalry is a 45LC single-action. It’s a six-shooter with a 7 ½-inch barrel in a standard blue finish with walnut grips.
Why is the Henry Nettleton Revolver so Historically Significant
What makes the Henry Nettleton model so unique is that Nettleton, a US Principal Sub-Inspector for the US Ordnance Department in 1878, only inspected and stamped about 3,000 guns. Additionally, Nettleton placed his inspection stamp on the left side of the hammer and trigger guard, unlike any other inspector. Why he was allowed to do this, is still unknown. Many of the guns Nettleton inspected were later refurbished for the NY Militia. The barrels were cut down to 5 ½-inches and case hardened. Along with the cylinder, hammer and trigger, and trigger guard.
True to the Original Colt Single Action
The Cimarron US Cavalry 1873 Henry Nettleton pays respect to the original 1st generation Colt government models inspected by Henry Nettleton. Right down to the details of proof marks and all of Nettleton’s inspection stamps. Cimarron used the exact same fonts and placements as the originals. MSRP: $697.34.
Who doesn’t love a good clone of a Colt Single Action Army? The crew at Cimarron certainly have a talent for slicking up these Italian imported guns as well. Plus, the original manufacturers in Italy usually make pretty great guns to start with. However, as good looking as this gun is, it has a whiff “fake Rolex” to it. It’s not a real Henry Nettleton revolver, and you’d have to tell that to anyone who asked. However, it is a lovely reproduction. So if your interest is just in the history and not necessarily the authenticity, then this could be the one for you. Personally, at the near $700 price point, I’d probably go with something like the Evil Roy Competition Revolver. -Caleb
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