Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by high path, Aug 18, 2012.
The author's local library should have a copy of Guns of the World which would be the place I would first look.
Give us an idea of the social circle the individual using this arm would be a member of. The cost would be a major factor for a repeater, I think.
Colt had a factory in London at that time.
Hope this gives you a starting point.
Geoffrey Boothroyd, "The Handgun", Sportsmans Press, 1990, 592 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0948253270
The empty chamber deal came along later with the cartridge firing 1873 SAA.
1. Dragoon or Army revolvers in .44 (actually .45) caliber. These were increasingly smaller during the period 1846 - 1860, but were still full-size handguns,
2. "Navy" revolvers -- so-called because the M1851 had a naval battle scene roll-engraved on the cylinder. These were .36 caliber and smaller than the dragoon or Army revolvers.
3. Pocker models -- typically the M1848 and M1849. These were .31 caliber.
The Handgun, Sportsmans Press, 1990, is the best source on development of handguns in Great Britain, Europe and America and what would be popular especially from a British historical view (including detail on Colt's London operations). 592 pages, lotsa well done photo illustrations.
Boothroyd noticed errors in Ian Fleming's Bond early novels, contacted the author and actually became the basis of the characters Maj. Boothroyd and "Q" in the later books.
Many at the time would still be carrying the single or double barrel boot pistols and or muff guns. Some would have the fairly popular pepper box with its multiple rotating barrels.
Quite common in 1857. Small and handy. Easy to carry in a coat pocket.
The first pepperbox revolver repeaters were percussion.
They are interesting and a bit more scarce than a revolver,so might pique the imagination.
I stopped reading Stephen King because of this. It's not that I'm offended by his politics, but his willful ignorance of firearm function just completely destroys my suspension of disbelief.
Glad to hear that someone is taking their firearms research seriously!
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