Yesterday I placed a new thread in "firearms research" forum about Whitney percussion revolvers, looking for pics, info, etc and realized that maybe a better bet would have been to post it in the BP forum, as this seems to be a bit more heavily traveled. Oh well, to save writing the whole thing again, if the mood strikes you, go over to "Firearms Research" and share your info about your Whitney. Thanks.
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December 5, 2008, 11:06 PM
I posted Whitney info on the Research forum.
December 7, 2008, 03:15 PM
My Spiller and Burr is basically a brass frame Whitney.
December 8, 2008, 11:03 AM
Ton of info on-line for both the Whitney and the Spiller and Burr.
I just got this Spiller and Burr, it's a defarbed, older gun of unknown manufacture. Only marking is REC on the frame under the grip panel, it does not match the Pietta copies. Back of the grip is marked Spiller&Burr model 1862 in pencil. Anyone have a clue?
December 8, 2008, 03:30 PM
Are you sure that the initials aren't RAC?
Even if they're not, my best guess is that it's from the defunct Replica Arms of Marietta, Ohio, an importer of various Italian BP revolvers.
Is there any [single] number or letter date code located anywhere on it?
I guess that it's possible that those are the initials of the Italian gunsmith who built the revolver, but that's much more of a long shot trying to identify because no one knows all of the models that any outfit actually produced. For instance, did Ranson Italia build any revolvers?
madcratebuilder, check out the pics of my Spiller & Burr that I put on the Firearms Research part of this forum (Whitney thread):
It is a puzzle.
December 9, 2008, 12:15 PM
pohill, your S&B is almost identical to mine. Mine has the cylinder pin retaining screw just the opposite as yours. Mine has no markings on the frame, barrel, cylinder, loading lever, trigger guard. On the left side of the grip, on the trigger side is stamped R E C. under the wood grip panel. Nice clean well struck letters, does not look like the average punch and hammer job. The cylinder is steel so it is a repro. It has a .275 tall, spindle type front sight post made of brass.
Some one had placed thin cardboard under the grip panels. Written in pencil is "spiller and burr model 1862" They look old.
I'm guessing it's a fifty year old gun that has been defarbed and used by an reenactor.
No matter what it is, it's a nice old piece, I can't wait to get out and shoot it. I'm devolping a strong interest in these confederate repro's.
The csa on yours is interesting. I have several photos of originals that have the c.s. on them.
December 10, 2008, 02:43 AM
The 1980 Gun Digest lists a Spiller & Burr revolver as being sold by Dixie, Navy Arms, Richland and Armsport.
Richland Arms Co. was an importer in Blissfield, Michigan amd Armsport was out of Miami, Florida.
The same S&B revolver was also available in kit form.
Coincidently, this other recent thread mentions an Armsport Kentucky Rifle that was marked "Ranson Italia spa - made in Italy".