Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Whitney-Beals Walking Beam Pocket Revolver

The unique cylinder indexing mechanism, of this revolver,  was designed to evade all Colt patent claims, as you can see, this revolver has a full octagon barrel, seven-shot cylinder, ring trigger and distinctive shield on the left side of the frame that covers most of the cylinder.  The Whitney Arms Co., manufactured the Whitney-Beals' Pocket Revolvers between 1854 and the late 1860s. Surviving examples are scarce.
I have wanted to do a post on this revolver for some time now but never found suitable pictures showing the working mechanics and without such pictures I found it impossible to describe the workings in words.

Well thanks to Ian of Forgotten Weapons, he just did an eight minute video on this revolver and it is a GOOD one. If you have any interest in the workings of revolvers, as well as a bit of history on this one, take the time to watch this. You won't regret it.


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