Thursday, February 22, 2007

Old Revolver Info Needed

A friend of mine just phoned with a question about old revolvers in the West. He's a writer (and a shooter) and he works very hard to keep accurate with the details in his stories.

I didn't have an answer for him, but I know you all would have the info he needs.

He's looking to identify a revolver with the following characteristics:

1. Readily available prior to 1868
2. Found in the United States in the old West.
3. Uses cartridges rather than cap and ball.
4. Fairly small and light such that a woman could carry it concealed.
5. Something around .36 caliber so it has some stopping power.

Any of you know what he's looking for? Once we identify the basic revolver I can help him track down the details.

Thanks!

2 Comments:

At Friday, February 23, 2007 12:25:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

The Smith & Wesson top-break revolvers in .38 S&W are wonderfully compact even with long barrels (the frame is smaller than today's J-frame), and thus a perfect pistol for a woman or a man with small hands (like me -- I own four of 'em and they're a joy to handle), but your 1868 requirement nixes them as I believe they weren't manufactured until 1870 or thereabouts.

Soo.... how about the slightly earlier S&W single-action model 2 or model 1.5 in .32 rimfire? Link here, with some nice pics of engraved models such as a lady might own:

http://armchairgunshow.com/SWTU-info.html

 
At Saturday, February 24, 2007 2:17:00 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said...

Yeah, that year thing really ties things up:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_pistol_and_rifle_cartridges_by_year

 

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