1851 Antique ROBERT ADAMS PATENT .44 Revolver CRIMEA, CIVIL WAR, British
Early Double Action Revolver Design from England!
Here we present an antique Adams 1851 Patent Double Action Percussion Revolver in .44, made circa the late 1850s or early 1860s. Robert Adams is credited with patenting the first successful double action revolver in 1851. The Adams revolvers were initially double action only. They were well-received among professionals in the 1850s and served with the British East India Company, with British military officers, and were eventually popular among officers in the South during the American Civil War in the early 1860s, imported from Europe.
From 1853-1856 Adams Revolvers saw use by the British during the Crimean War. One quote from a soldier who was there is impossible to leave out. Writing to Robert Adams he said, “I had one of your largest sized Revolver Pistols at the bloody battle of Inkermann, and by some chance got surrounded by the Russians. I then found the advantages of your pistol over that of Colonel Colt’s, for had I to cock before each shot I should have lost my life. I should not have had time to cock, as they were too close to me, being only a few yards from me; so close that I was bayoneted through the thigh immediately after shooting the fourth man.” Also, during the Crimean War, an officer by the name of Lt. Frederick E. B. Beaumont of the Royal Engineers made design improvements which allowed the shooter to fire in single action in addition to double action, and let Adams utilize his patents. This was the precursor of the action that we still prefer to use today in our modern defensive revolver! A spur and cocking notches were added to the hammer. Demand for these new and improved Beaumont-Adams Revolvers was so great that he contracted with a few different firms to make them, including prolific and distinguished arms manufacturer Auguste Francotte of Liege, Belgium. Incidentally, the British adopted this model in 1856 and Samuel Colt closed his London manufactory in 1857.
The overall condition is very good. The bore is in very nice condition with sharp rifling. The action remains excellent, strong and smooth. Own an important piece of history! Whether you are interested in British, American, general firearms history or the handsome aesthetics, this piece has it all.
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Barrel is 6-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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