Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Black powder revolver


Hi, my dad has a Colt Navy f.llipietta 1951 replica black powder revolver.  He has had it for years and has recently been interested in firing it again.  He can't find any of his paperwork on it.  I was wondering if you could help figure out what I need to get for him to fire it.  I don't need you to help me find the place to buy it just what I need to buy.  I want to get it right so that it doesn't mess up and hurt him.  I have search a lot of places but nothing that specifically tells me what is needed, so I was hoping you could help.  I know nothing about these kinds of guns and I am so afraid I will mess up and by the wrong thing.

Millie, Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to attempt an answer to your question.

I am afraid that I can not give you a black and white answer as to what your Dad needs to shoot his black powder revolver. To begin with, I believe the pistol is an 1851 Navy Replica manufactured by the Pietta Company. I can find no reference to a 1951 model at all.

Basically, you will need black powder, percussion caps, lead balls, and wads or patches. I can not be more specific with only the information you have given me. You will need to determine the caliber of the gun so that you buy the right size balls as well as to what size percussion caps the revolver uses. The caliber will also determine how much black powder is used for each shot. Due to safety and liability issues I will not guess at what you need simply to be able to give you an answer.

My advice to you is to find a gun shop, shooting range, gunsmith, or black powder shooters club near where you live. Take the revolver there, explain what you are trying to do, and ask for assistance. The overwhelming majority of shooters are more than willing to share their knowledge with others.

Once again, I apologize for not having a better answer for you. I do not want you, your Dad, or anyone else injured due to incorrect information I gave you about your gun.

Thank You for using and if there is anything else I can do to help you, please let me know....


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There are always questions pertaining to any subject that even an expert can not answer. That being said, I am very well equipped to answer questions concerning rimfire firearms due to experience, research, and discussion of rimfire firearms with many people I consider experts. I collect old, different, or unique examples of Rimfire firearms. I also have an extensive collection of handguns and rifles from all over the world. I reload, shoot black powder, and have a nice collection of military firearms dating back to the 1800's.


I started shooting in 1953 when I was 5 years old. My father bought two .22 single shot rifles, mine was a Springfield Model 15 that I still own to this day. Today it would not be tolerated or politically correct, but back then he taught me gun safety and how to shoot by taking me to the town dump where we shot rats. Maybe that is to much information but those are some of my best memories of spending time with my father. I am at my gun club range at least 2 or 3 days a week. I am a certified NRA instructor and I teach both Basic Pistol as well as Home Firearms Safety. I also teach Concealed Carry Classes here in Florida. I have been a squirrel hunter all my life and for the last 4 years I have been active hunting feral hogs in the Everglades. I have been to every Shot Show for the last three years on my media credentials and I have attended the NRA National Convention for the last 2 years. I have my own on-line gun forum called Gun Tips and Talk and I have also served for a number of years as a Moderator or Administrator on the National Gun Forum and the Florida Gun Forum. I do a lot of gun and equipment reviews on-line. I also have my CCR FFL, a personal UPIN number with the Justice Department, and I enjoy shooting my suppressed .22's. As a side hobby I build competition bench rifles for others on the 10/22 platform. There are a number of reports on my "project" guns on my personal website at .

NRA, NSSF, and the Dade City Rod and Gun Club in Dade City, Florida.

I am a high school graduate with an additional 2 years of college with a major in Commercial Marketing. I am also a disabled Viet Nam Vet.

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