Forehand & Wadsworth "Terror"


June 6, 2013, 10:30 PM
I saw this one on Gunbroker and needed to make a bid on it. It looked to be in excellent shape and a snubnose to boot. I received it today and I wasn't disappointed. Nice and tight with most of the original nickel intact. I cleaned up the bore and chambers and the chambers are clean and the bore still has strong rifling with a bit of pitting. Honestly it looks like someone fired 6 rounds through it and didn't clean it but never shot it again. Here are some pictures of it with the other one I bought a while back. My other one was originally blue and pretty well worn and pitted. And very loose. You will notice some subtle differences between the two revolvers as well which I found interesting. Serial number on the blue one is 8325. Number on the nickel one is 4004. ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

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June 6, 2013, 11:07 PM
Awwww, that gun is far too cute to be called "terror.":what::neener:

Seriously, nice photos of a couple of interesting revolvers. Thanks for posting!

Archaic Weapon
June 6, 2013, 11:33 PM
I was gonna say cute first! Ha.

June 7, 2013, 12:10 AM

June 7, 2013, 01:00 AM
Nice! I love old guns like that. What is it chambered for?

June 7, 2013, 06:21 AM
32 Short rimfire

June 7, 2013, 08:43 AM
Very interesting. Do you get ammo for them at Walmart?

June 7, 2013, 01:01 PM
They look like they were the idea behind NA Arms Co.'s 'Mini Revolvers' in .22 calber. I've carried one of the NAAs in my pocket for over 25 years.

Jim K
June 7, 2013, 02:43 PM
I'll bet the NA mini revolvers are made from steel, though, not wrought iron.


Gaucho Gringo
June 8, 2013, 12:12 PM
Nice little gun. There is a history of F&W over on the Guns & Ammo site. It was a very interesting read.
I bought a couple of black powder breaktops in 32 S&W on Gunbroker recently for less than $125.00 for both of them. Now all I have to is shoot some of my factory ammo in my other guns that were made for smokeless so I can reload them with black powder.

June 11, 2013, 06:56 AM
Gaucho, can you post a link to that F&W thread?

Gaucho Gringo
June 11, 2013, 02:16 PM
Sorry, it was Gundigest. Must be old age creeping up on me. Here is the link:

June 12, 2013, 07:25 AM

June 12, 2013, 10:55 PM
Forehand & Wadsworth were the original Ethan Allen of Allen and Thurber pepperbox fame's sons-in-law who took over the firearm business when he died. Allen was more than a gun maker having multiple patents for making "crucible steel", annealing cast iron, and investment casting. Sam Colt bought crucible steel from Allen to make his early percussion revolvers until Allen's patent ran out in 1859. Forehand & Wadsworth eventually became Harrington and Richardson. An the rest is history

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