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quite something when it was new. The degree of polishing and the depth of the blueing puts many modern products to shame.


The grips have seen better days, but the dents are original, so I can’t really touch them. There is no inspector’s cartouche on the grips, nor are there any inspection marks on the gun, which leads me to suppose this was a private purchase. Barrel to frame and cylinder lock up are both good, and there is absolutely no cylinder end play.


The gun weighs a hefty 2lbs. 7ozs., but the balance is excellent, the grips giving a good purchase to the considerable weight. The 6inch barrel seems to give a better sense of proportion than the 8inch of the single action, but this is purely subjective. The overall impression is of a very well made and finished gun with a unique


22 Target Shooter


self cocking/double action system, quite different from the conventional Adams or Cooper systems with which we are so familiar today.


Finally, just as a comparison,( and because I like to gloat), Photo 5 shows it in company with an 1858 Remington and my Metropolitan/Colt copy. Now all I need to complete the set is a Savage North, - and then, of course there is always the Pettingill, the Joslyn , the Butterfield etc. etc. Funny, how you can always find room for just one more. In the meantime, just gotta have a go with this one!


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