MERWIN & HULBERT “OPEN TOP” Antique .44 Caliber Single Action ARMY Revolver
Among the Best in the West!
Here we present an antique Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Large Frame “Open Top” Army Single Action Revolver, made circa 1876-1878 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.
According to “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms” only a “few thousand” of these revolvers were produced in six different models in the period 1876-1880. Merwin & Hulbert were dealers & distributors who were not manufacturers. They promoted a diversified line of merchandise which they had manufactured by various companies with Hopkins & Allen being the actual manufacturers of these revolvers.
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 very good. Original nickel remains in swathes with a dark patina throughout the rest of the steel. The action is excellent. The cylinder arbor still fits tight and there is good seal/suction. The bore is in nice shape with strong rifling. Brindle grips are firm with expected handling wear. This is a really nice Merwin Hulbert Open Top Revolver in .44 for the Old West collection!
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Barrel is 7 inches.
Caliber: .44 M&H
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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