Samuel Colt was as much a salesman as he was an inventor. The terms Army and Navy were a marketing strategy, Army meaning .44 caliber and Navy meaning .36 caliber. They have nothing to do with which service used them. After the Civil War, it was said of Sam Colt, "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal." Colt's success story began with the issuance of a U.S. patent in 1836 for the Colt firearm equipped with a revolving cylinder containing five or six bullets. Colt's revolver provided its user with greatly increased firepower.
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 5" H x 13.25" W x 1.5" D
United States Colt M1861 Navy revolver, .36 caliber, backstrap is engraved “Maj. Gen. G. B. McClellan / with Compliments of Col. Colt”.
This lighter, smaller caliber Navy model was popular with ranking Army officers, including General George McClellan.