1851 Colt Navy & 1861 Colt Navy reproduction revolver Kirst Konverters

1851 Colt Navy

Kirst Konverter® offers a cartridge conversion cylinder for both the 1851 and the 1861 Colt Navy revolvers manufactured by Uberti or Pietta, which is a six shot cylinder.

These Colt Navy Konverters are designed for the Shootist who wants to shoot a historic Old West cartridge like the .38 Long Colt or .38 Short Colt.

The Konverter can also shoot .38 Special Wadcutters, but NOT all standard .38 Special ammo, because the length of the cylinder is too short, so make sure the overall cartridge length does not exceed 1.42". The .38 Long Colt, .38 Short Colt and .38 Special Wadcutters work fine for most Cowboy Action Shoots. Ammo must be loaded with lead bullets and a low-pressure, powder charge not to exceed 1000 feet per second velocity.

Simple, step-by-step instructions and a loading port template are included with each Kirst Cartridge Konverter for the 1851 & 1861 Colt Navy revolvers and at Colt Porting Instructions.

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Colt Navy Konverter

1851 Colt Navy, (.44 caliber) Sheriff and Civilian model reproductions

Specific reproductions of the 1851 Colt Navy that are manufactured as a .44 caliber percussion revolver will accept the .45 Schofield/.45 Long Colt caliber, five shot Kirst Konverter®. The current Pietta reproduction 1851 Navy “Sheriff” and “Civilian” revolvers in .44 caliber accepts the same Kirst Konverter as the Pietta made 1860 Army revolver.

Since the .44 caliber Cap & Ball barrel has the same bore dimensions as a present day .45 centerfire caliber, the Kirst Konverter® will simply 1851 Colt Navy .44 caliber Kirst Konverterconvert these guns to a five shot .45 Schofield cartridge/.45 Long Colt. It will also accommodate the .45 Long Colt cartridges if the bullet is seated slightly deeper. (The SAAMI specification for overall length, for the .45 Long Colt, is 1.600 inch. The longest overall length that 1851 Pietta cylinder in .45 caliber will accept is 1.58 inch)

Caution: Ammunition must be loaded with lead bullets and a low-pressure, powder charge not to exceed 1000 feet per second velocity. Do not use the Kirst Konverter® in revolvers with a brass frame (except for .22 caliber rimfire Konverters.) Be careful to never install a .44 or .45 caliber Kirst Konverter® in a revolver with a .36 caliber barrel.

Simple, step-by-step instructions and a loading port template are included with each Kirst Cartridge Konverter® for the 1851 & 1861 Colt Navy revolvers.

1851-61 Colt Navy 44 Caliber

1851 Colt Navy ejector assembly

1851 Colt Navy Ejector Assembly

1861 Colt Navy ejector assembly

1861 Colt Navy Ejector Assembly