Manhattan Series I Navy
The advent of the Manhattan Navy .36 caliber  pistol sounded the death knell for
the .31 caliber Manhattan pocket pistol. The company's resources were
channeled into the production of a .36 caliber gun that would be a blend of the
Colt M1849 and the Colt Navy M1851.  The Manhattan Navy pistol would be
lighter in weight than the Colt Navy and was a high quality weapon of the time.

The Manhattan Navy .36 Caliber pistols were produced in what has come to be
identified as five different Series. On this page we've listed the characteristics
and estimated serial number ranges of each of the Series. Use the CONTENTS
in the sidebar to go to specific pages on each of the different Series.
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Characteristics of the Manhattan Navy

               SERIES I

Serial Numbered 1 to 4200

Produced early 1859 to 1/30/1860

Barrel Lengths: 4"   5"   6" (Rare)   6-1/2"

Barrel Address:

MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS MFG. CO. NEW YORK.

               SERIES II

Serial Numbered from 4200 to 14500

Produced 1/30/1860 to 9/1/1861

Barrel Lengths: 4"   5"   6-1/2"

Barrel Address: Same as Series I (Above)

               SERIES III

Serial Numbered 14500 to 45200

Produced 9/1/1861 to 4/1/1864

Barrel Lengths:  4"   5"   6-1/2"

Barrel Address:

MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO. NEWARK N.J.

               SERIES IV

Serial Numbered 45200 to 69200

Produced 4/1/1864 to 6/30/1867

Barrel Lengths:  4"   4-1/2"   5"   6-1/2"

Barrel Address:

MANHATTAN FIREARMS CO. NEWARK N.J.

      PATENTED MARCH 8, 1864

               SERIES V

Serial Numbered 1 to 9000

Produced 6/30/1867 to 12/1/1868

Barrel Lengths: 4"   4-1/2"  6-1/2" (See Series V
Page)

Barrel Address: Same as Series IV (Above)
THE MANHATTAN    
 NAVY CYLINDER    
      SCENES

The Manhattan
Navy pistols have a
cylinder engraving
consisting of  five
circles, each with a
military theme.  One
of the scenes is of
sailing ships under
full sail with  what
appear to be
crewmen rowing two
rowboats in the
foreground.

Another scene
shows a rowboat
approaching shore
with two men in the
boat shooting
pistols at soldiers
on the shore.

Two  scenes depict
cavalry attacking
infantry, and the
final scene depicts
what appears to be
civilians firing
pistols at soldiers
holding muskets.

Manhattan
Bullet Molds


Manhattan Navy
pistols were sold
with a Manhattan
bullet mold. The
molds are
recognizable by the
horseshoe shaped
Manhattan stamp
as shown in the
example to the left.