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The Colonial

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Different Starrs
« on: March 28, 2015, 11:56:12 PM »

G’day folks and welcome to my first real post.

There are a couple of little known or seldom mentioned differences between the 58 Starr Navy and Army revolvers, apart from the calibre off course.

It’s hard to see if you lay the revolvers side by side, see the photo below, but the 58 Navy is actually ¼ inch longer than the Army. Hard to believe I know but if you look at the photo of the cylinders side by side you’ll see that the top cylinder, which is the Army, is quite a bit shorter than the Navy on the bottom.
Also to accommodate the longer cylinder the Navy has a longer frame resulting in the Navy being about 4 ounces heavier than the Army.

Finally, the Navy and 58 Army, up to about serial number 3000, are marked STARR ARMS CO. NEW YORK on the right side of the frame and STARR’S PATENT JAN. 15. 1856 on the felt, not the other way around as with all the 63 Starrs and later 58 Armys.

Cheers, The Colonial



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Re: Different Starrs
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2015, 05:09:31 AM »

Interesting and great photos. I wonder if they thought the larger diameter needed less length to create the same powder charge?
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