Antique MERWIN, HULBERT & Co Medium Frame .38 Cal. CF SPUR TRIGGER Revolver
One of the Best 1880s Revolvers w/ SCOOPED CYLINDER
Here we present an antique Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Single Action Revolver, made circa the late 1870s to early 1880s by Hopkins & Allen in Norwich, Connecticut. Only a few thousand were produced. These revolvers are considered today to be some of the best made of the late 19th Century and the Wild West, even better in some minds than similar Colts and Smith & Wessons. These pistols certainly tended to have very well-thought and different features than their competition, and they were extremely well-made.
One such feature was the method of ejection. Loading was achieved by placing the hammer at half-cock and sliding down the loading gate to single feed cartridges. If one wanted to unload the gun, they could simply push the latch back on the bottom of the gun, twist the barrel and cylinder assembly and pull forward. Only the empty brass would come out as the space created was shorter than a loaded cartridge, enabling the shooter to top of his gun and keep rounds available. An ingenious method was designed to achieve this that included a machined cut on the cylinder axis pin and a ledge on the breech face that kept the cartridge rims underneath. This system was also advantageous for forcefully removing stuck cartridges, providing lots of mechanical advantage.
The overall condition is fine. Robust action with a tight lockup. Original nickel finish preserved. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Both of the dog’s head grips are seated firmly and contain average handling wear. Numbers match.
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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