Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Winchester Wetmore/Wells Prototype SA Revolver


In the early 1870s it was announced that the U.S. government as well as the Russian government were in the market for a new side arm. Smith & Wesson as well as Colt competed for these contracts but what many people do not realize is so did Winchester. The contract was awarded to S&W.
Undaunted by its losses for government contracts, Winchester’s board of directors forged ahead with its plans to break into the revolver market. Planning so at the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876. The company invested a great sum of resources and money to the Centennial Exhibition, and their Wetmore-Wells revolver samples were one of the revolver models Winchester introduced to the public.

Whitmore and Wells were former Smith & Wesson employees and were hired by Winchester to develop a revolver.
The basic revolver was designed by William Wetmore circa 1874 and the cartridge ejection system by Charles Wells in 1872. (Well’s patent 33,732 12/10/1872)

This example, which was likely on display at the Centennial Exhibition, is without visible markings and features the cartridge ejector system developed by Wells. 




The ejector system is mounted on the right side of the frame. Ejecting a casing requires the operator to push down the ejector bar, thus setting in motion a sliding ejector that rode under the rims of a chambered cartridge in line with the loading port. 

It has a solid frame, six shot cylinder, blade front sight and frame sighting groove. All nickel finish with checkered walnut grips. A lanyard ring is mounted on the butt. 






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Friday, September 2, 2016

Texas Model Paterson


The Colt No. 5 Holster Model revolver or Texas Model Paterson revolver. The revolver has an octagon, 36 caliber, 9 inch barrel, five-shot cylinder and varnished walnut grips.



The Paterson design was Colt’s first foray into the firearms market which was ultimately successful and led to the dynasty still in business today. The large heavy caliber No. 5 Holster Model was the most practical of the Paterson revolvers. Use of these revolvers by Texas Rangers Jack Hayes and Samuel Walker created the association between Colt revolvers and the western frontier and established Colt revolvers as an effective handgun. They were a functional design that saw hard use on the frontier. Total production was approximately 1000 revolvers manufactured between 1838-1840. 



Initially this 5-shot revolver was produced in .28 caliber, with a .36 caliber model following a year later. As originally designed and produced, no loading lever was included with the revolver; a user had to disassemble the revolver partially to re-load it. Starting in 1839, however, a reloading lever and a capping window were incorporated into the design, allowing reloading without requiring partial disassembly of the revolver. 


The No. 5 Model Paterson revolver is the most sought-after of all Colt Paterson revolvers and is a premier piece in any advanced Colt collection. An estimated 150 examples of the No. 5 Paterson revolver exist today.





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