Today’s Model 10 chambers .38 Spl. and can handle +P loads. Cylinder capacity is six cartridges in the single/double action. Its frame, cylinder and barrel are carbon steel, blued in classic fashion and the grips are wood. It’s a timeless look.
The Man With No Name Conversion retains the overall profile of the M1851 blackpowder revolver, even keeping the loading lever at the bottom of the barrel, but a hinged loading gate at the rear of the frame allows shooters to fire modern factory ammunition in the form of .38 Colt or .38 Spl.
This feature article, “From The Loading Bench: IMR Trail Boss Smokeless Powder,” appeared originally in the July 2005 issue of American Rifleman. Trail Boss gunpowder is currently a Hodgdon Powder Company brand.
Although the M1911A1 was the standard U.S military sidearm during World War II, more than 350,000 S&W Victory Model revolvers were produced, and they accompanied many U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators during pivotal battles of the Pacific Theater.
On this “Gun of the Week,” American Rifleman explore Uberti USA’s 1851 Navy Conversion revolver and tribute to James Butler Hickok, the gunfighter known as “Wild Bill.”