Antique MANHATTAN ARMS 2nd Model .22 Cal. RF Spur Trigger POCKET REVOLVER
Very Similar to Smith & Wesson No. 1!
Here we present an antique Manhattan Arms Company Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver, Second Model in .22 Rimfire, made in Newark, New Jersey circa 1868-73. This small, 7 shot .22 revolver was very similar to the First Model and the successful Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Revolver, S&W’s flagship revolver at the time.
Manhattan Firearms Mfg. Co. 1st model of this revolver was a direct and quality copy of the S&W pistol without any regard to their patent infringement. Arguably, the Manhattan was the better of the two. Eventually, however, Smith & Wesson and the patent inventor, Rollin White, successfully sued for infringement and ended production of this revolver until about 1868, making this one from the latter ones made. Interestingly, Manhattan was also famous for its blatant copies of Colt’s patents. In some ways, this is not terribly different than what goes on today in the firearms industry. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The overall condition is good. Good bore (aged). The action functions (cylinder freewheels). Both grips are secure and remain in good shape. Legible markings. Lightly engraved barrel. Cylinder scene remnants remain.
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Barrel is 3-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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