EXTREMELY RARE CIVIL WAR ALLEN & WHEELOCK PERCUSSION REVOLVING RIFLE
inv # 01-18557
Overall length: 43″ with adj. 2-leaf rear sight & pinched front sight
Barrel length: 26″ rnd.
The only other examples of this April 29th 1862 patented revolving rifle are held by the Smithsonian Institute, the Metzger Firearms Museum at Texas A&M & a sporting model in the Herbert E. Green collection. This extremely well machined rifle was thought to be one of several trial guns made for inspection for the US army. Rifle functions beautifully w/ a couple of very unusual features including integral raised flash guard protruding from left side of frame & unique hand cranked ratcheted cyl. pin. The trigger guard, like on their army revolvers, also acts as hinged loading lever. The cyl. pin crank locks into place in recess, forward of flash protector. Gun was not disassembled further than removing cyl. & keyed forestock. S# 6 was found on lower frame tang, forestock, cyl. pin & back of cyl. Sporting buttplate exhibits hinged implement door. For anyone wanting every Civil War era revolving rifle, this may be your only chance.