Sunday, November 13, 2016

Teat-Fire Revolvers

The Teat-fire cartridge was the brainchild of Daniel Moore and manufactured by Moore and his partner David Williamson for their .32 caliber Pocket Revolver, which was produced under both the Moore and National Arms marques by the National Arms Company of Brooklyn, New York in the mid-19th century.

The Moore Teat-fire cartridge was designed to get around the Rollin White “bored through” patent owned by Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson.
Although it fell by the wayside when the rimfire cartridge was developed it was one of the more (no pun intended) successful solutions to get around the Rollin White patent. .

The "Teat-fire" cartridges did not have a rim at the back like conventional cartridges. It was loaded from the front, and the rear of the case, which was rounded. had a nipple in its center full of priming compound. This allowed the rear of the cylinder to only have a small hole through which the hammer could reach to hit the nipple, which contained the priming mixture and fire the round. Abit like a rimfire cartridge, but instead of having priming all the way around the edge of the rim, it is centrally located in the teat.

Moore's Caliber .32 Teat-fire Pocket Revolver proved fairly popular and National Arms produced about 30,000 pocket revolvers from 1864 to 1870, also during this time, National Arms produced a .45 caliber revolver on their own. Collectors speculate that only a handful are believed to exist today. There is also some speculation that some of these revolvers saw service in the Civil War, however I have seen no documentation that would confirm this. One could assume that any side arm of that period may have carried in the war.

National Arms .45 caliber

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