Antique MERWIN HULBERT Open Top SAA .44 Revolver
Fantastic Colt Competitor in .44 M&H!
Here we present an antique Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Large Frame “Open Top” Single Action Revolver, made circa 1876-1878 in Norwich, Connecticut. These were made by Hopkins & Allen for Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Only several thousand are thought to have been produced. This Army features 6 shots of .44 Merwin & Hulbert, the company’s proprietary cartridge. 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 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. The original nickel finish is about 60% with clear markings. The grips are original, fit great, and remain solid. A little bit of period graffiti is visible. Thumb stud for the loading gate absent; the gate remains functional. The bore is clean with sharp rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 7 inches.
Caliber: .44 Merwin Hulbert
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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