Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hopkins & Allen Army Revolver




Rather rare and one of Hopkins & Allen's finest products, the 44 rimfire XL 8 Army. 

Around 1877 Hopkins & Allen introduced their line of large frame, single action revolvers to compete with Colt and Smith & Wesson, the two major American handgun manufacturers of the period.
These guns constituted the “XL No 8” line of handguns, which included the XL Army (.44 caliber, both rimfire & WCF), XL Navy (.38 RF caliber) and XL Police (also .38 RF caliber). It is believed that a total of 2,700 of the large framed XL No 8 revolvers of all models were produced by Hopkins & Allen between 1877 and 1885. 
They were all six shot with heavy solid frames. They had a spring loaded ejector rod that was located under the barrel. When the catch on the left side of the frame was depressed, the rod could be withdrawn from the center of the cylinder arbor and then automatically moved into position to eject cartridges from the cylinder, through the loading gated on the right side of the frame.


Seems the cowboy on the right has a Hopkins & Allen


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