My LGS has an unfired Colt Navy 1851 in the box sitting in the used case. It looks nice and I've always wanted one, not that I shoot black powder, but it's a Colt after all. They're asking $640 or so. Is that a good street price?
I checked gunbroker and I didn't find any in similar condition to guage a price.
Too much. Are you sure it is a Colt, or just a product with a Colt license?
Shop for a Uberti.
The box said Colt and it was gold colored box if that helps. I really didn't take that good of look at it. How would I know if it was an orignal Colt and not a licensed copy?
You basically have 3 generations of percussion Colt's to chose from . First are the originals from back in the day , the second generation Colt and the signature series Colt .All three have there own appeal . If you want one to shoot ,then a signature or a second generation will be fine . I have examples of both and they look and shoot well .
The price is not too bad .You could probably find one on gun broker for less . I'm not sure where you are looking but whenever I'm in the market for one there are usually several listed on gun broker in the black powder section .
The knock on the signature series is that they use Uberti parts not Colt mfg. parts . I do not get too worked up about that . The signature series generally have better case coloring and correct Colt markings without import stamps and that there is worth it to me .
The Colt 51 navy is a very nice piece . Well balanced and accurate ..
Just my .02