Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mr. Mosin, Nov 23, 2022.
Colt's Woodsman or a .22 revolver. My understanding is the .22 LR was usual coup-de-grace choice for a trapper on a tight ammo budget, or a big game hunter who might encounter something smaller for the pot.
I working cowboy would probably choose something able to put an injured horse or cow out of its misery with one shot.
Elmer Keith liked making the .44 Special more special, but I think he was an outlier. I would imagine using a handgun in place of a rifle was atypical back in the day.
If you wanted a 45 Colt before or after the turn of the 20th Century you bought a Colt: Single action Army; or a New Service.
Hmmm, these articles say the triple lock was factory chambered in .45 Colt.
Not many were so chambered from what I have read. Due due to this rarity, most .45 Colt triple locks seen today would probably be converted .455 guns originally sent to England and Crown countries.
Before that it was the .36 and .44 cap n ball.
He also writes about their attempt to start a fire with a revolver during a snowstorm. They didn't know how to do it, and all they managed to do was blow apart their carefully laid fire with each attempt.
Mr Clemens was talking about something like this. No 1 Tip Up 1st Issue, 5th Type. This one shipped in 1859. These fired what we would call today a 22 Short, however the Black Powder 22 Shorts at that time were even more anemic than modern 22 Shorts. The frame was originally silver plated, but most of the plating has worn off, revealing the underlying brass.
According to SCSW 23 Triple Locks were reported to have been chambered for 45 Colt.
A couple of 44 Special (the most common chambering) Triple Locks. The one at the top of this photo is very early, and quite worn, it shipped in 1907, but it still locks up tight and shoots well. The nickel plated one at the bottom of the photo shipped in 1915, the last year of Triple Lock production.
Yes, many of the Triple Locks that were shipped to England, chambered for 455 Mark II were rechambered to 45 Colt when they were shipped back to the US.
Prior to the development of the 357 Magnum in 1935, S&W built some 38 Special revolvers on the large N frame. These were made to fire a special high velocity 38 Special cartridge, more powerful than standard 38 Special ammo.
They were known as 38/44 because they were chambered for 38 Special but were built on the large N frame that had previously been mostly used for 44 Special revolvers. The 38/44 Outdoorsman had adjustable sights, the 38/44 Heavy Duty had fixed sights.
This 38/44 Outdoorsman shipped in 1933.
This 38/44 Heavy Duty shipped in 1931.
In 1935 the 357 Magnum cartridge was developed with a case a little bit longer than a 38 Special, so it could not be chambered in a standard 38 Special revolver. The new revolver that chambered the new round was simply known as The 357 Magnum. In 1957 the name was changed to Model 27.
My dad wasn't born until 1929, so he wasn't carrying anything in the woods between 1920 and 1930. And I don't know what the "preferred" woods handgun cartridge was in the 1940s and early 1950s, but I do know Dad would have been carrying a "32" of some flavor back then. Dad was a "32 anything" type of guy.
Is there any additional rearward movement when the ACP cylinder is installed and you go to eject the shells? I ask because the frame lug on a S&W Model 25-2 is different than the frame lug on a S&W Model 25-5.
Probably not even an experiment. More like custom orders. S&W used to do that sort of thing.
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