Antique MERWIN, HULBERT Open Top Large Frame Single Action “ARMY” Revolver
ENGRAVED Full-Sized Late 1870s/Early 1880s Revolver
Here we present an antique Engraved Merwin, Hulbert & Co. “Open Top” Army Single Action Revolver, made circa 1878-1882 in Norwich, Connecticut. These revolvers are considered today to be some of the best made of the late 19th Century and the Wild West, even better to some than similar Colts and Smith & Wessons, though we all know who stood the test of time. These revolvers certainly tended to have different, very well-thought features than their competition, and they were extremely well-made.
One great 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.
Merwin & Hulberts were carried by number of famous and otherwise frontier lawmen and gunmen: Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Pat Garrett, and Diamond Dick of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. More notorious frontiersmen known to have toted Merwin & Hulbert revolvers include Bob Dalton, Sam Bass, and John Wesley Hardin.
The overall condition is fair to good. Original nickel finish and engraving that would have appealed very much to those around the Southern border with a Mexican eagle on the left and a dog’s head on the right. Yellowed ivory grips that have been grafted onto where chipped or broken. The action could use some work as the cock notches on the hammer are worn and the hand gets bound by the cylinder—in other words, the hammer will hold the cock notches and the cylinder will index and lockup with some help, but the trigger slaps and is very light. The bore is dim with worn rifling. A neat example of the Merwin Hulbert that looks like it has ridden the dusty trails.
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Barrel is 7 inches.
Caliber: .44 M&H
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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