c1880 MERWIN & HULBERT .38 S&W 5-Shot Revolver MH&Co Cocker Spaniel Antique
Nickel Finish with Dog’s Head Grips
Here we present an antique Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Single Action Revolver in .38 S&W, 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. Fine, original nickel finish and case colors. The action is excellent. The bore is in fine shape: bright with sharp rifling. The hard rubber grips have the Merwin Hulbert trademark dog’s head grips. Numbers match. A fantastic piece!
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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