SCARCE Antique Civil War JOSLYN ARMY Model .44 Caliber PERCUSSION Revolver
1 of only 3,000 Made in the Early 1860s
Here we present an antique rare Civil War Joslyn Army Model Percussion Revolver, made circa the early 1860s by the Joslyn Firearms Company of Stonington, Connecticut. Benjamin Joslyn patented this large, .44 caliber, 5 shot, side-hammer revolver in 1858. He initially contracted with W.C. Freeman to act as manufacturer and sales agent, but Freeman wasn’t able to actually fulfill the first 500-gun order received from the US military.
After the contract was cancelled by the military, Joslyn brought manufacturing in-house, and proceeded to make between 2500 and 3000 of the guns to sell on the commercial market. About 1100 of these were purchased by various units of the Federal military, including 225 bought (and formally inspected and marked) by the US Navy. One of the few (if not the only) significant purchase of .44 caliber revolvers by the Navy. The guns did see combat at Shiloh and in other battles.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong, though the cylinder index and lockup is intermittent. The bore is in good condition with strong rifling. Both grips are firm with sharp checkering and stamped on the insides with the serial numbers. The numbers match. A hand engraved “W” or “M” can be seen on the trigger guard. Here is a truly scarce revolver for the Civil War collector.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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