JOHN WALSH 31 CAL 10 SHOT CIVIL WAR REVOLVER
Item ID #1996
These pistols were made by New Haven Arms Company. Oliver Winchester was the President and major stockholder. Manufacture was concurrent with the Henry Rifle. Only about 3000 were made. It is 10 shot .31 caliber revolver. Overall length is about 9 1/2". Barrel is 3 1/4". The cylinder is longer than most at about 2 1/4". Action is very interesting and works properly. There are two hammers. It has a spur trigger which operates both hammers. Pull the trigger once and the right one will fire. Pull it again and the second one fires. There are only five chambers in the cylinder. Each takes a double load. Total of ten nipples are on the cylinder. Markings are correct, clear, and original. Bore in the 3 1/4" barrel has lands and grooves along with some pitting. It will rate a 4 to five on a one to ten scale. Numbers on the barrel and frame match. These were purchased privately in the Civil War. Each member of Company I of the 9th Michigan Infantry was armed with one of these pistols. It is reported that only 1000 of the iron frame version was produced. This pistol will make a great addition to any collection.
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