Metropolitan Arms "Navy Model" Revolver, .36 Percussion 
The Metropolitan Arms Co. is somewhat shrouded in mystery as no one seems to know exactly how it found its beginnings, and who was behind it. Metropolitan got a significant boost in 1864 when Southern sympathizers set fire to the Colt factory, seriously hampering the factory's output capacity. Every Metropolitan product is a very close copy of a Colt. So close in fact that it is sometimes hard to tell the two brands apart. Although there is no evidence that the government contracted any Metropolitans for service, many found their way into the hands of enlisted men and officers of the union. 
This example is in very good to fine condition. It retains none of the original finish but is covered in a fine aged patina. The roll-engraved battle scene depicting the battle of New Orleans is still visible on the cylinder. The action is strong and accurate, the bore is shiny and clean, with strong, pronounced rifling. Marked "METROPOLITAN ARMS CO. NEW YORK", all matching numbers on the frame, barrel, cylinder, grip strap and wedge. The nipples are undamaged, and the grip is excellent, without cracks or missing chips, and 90% original varnish SN#5099, rated fine overall.


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