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Revolvers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/4/2014

The revolver was a giant leap forward from the limited single-shot sidearms available prior.

There are a total of 50 Revolvers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1990
Colt Anaconda
Continuing the Colt tradition of excellent revolvers named after snakes, the concern delivered their impressive "big boy" Col...
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1848
Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon)
The success of the Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" line (described in a separate entry) prompted Samuel Colt to design a civilian-m...
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1848
Colt Model 1848 (Dragoon)
The Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" (meaning "Dragon" in French) was another design by famed American gunsmith Samuel Colt and went...
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1849
Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver
The Colt Model 1849 "Pocket Revolver" was Colt's answer when replacing their "Baby Dragoon" series of guns. Unbeknownst to Co...
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1851
Colt Model 1851 Navy
At the end of the 1840's Samuel Colt was hard at work designing a new revolver of .36 caliber, this design becoming the famou...
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1855
Colt Model 1855 (Root Revolver)
Early Colt revolvers operated from what was known as an "open frame" design meaning that there was no supporting structure se...
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1860
Colt Model 1860 New Army
Colt brought about their New Army Model revolver in 1860 and it quickly proved itself the definitive combat revolver of the t...
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1861
Colt Model 1861 Navy
Design of the Colt Model 1861 Navy was not unlike Colt's previous "Navy" offering - the Model 1851 Navy - and was essentially...
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1862
Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy
The success of the original Colt Model 1851 Navy (sold in 215,000 examples) provided the foundation for the Model 1862 Pocket...
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1862
Colt Model 1862 Police
The Colt Model 1862 Police percussion revolver was intended for security personnel and followed the design lines of other Col...
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1898
Colt Model 1898 (New Service)
In 1898, Colt Firearms unveiled a new six-shot revolver chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as the Model 1898 - better known...
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1917
Colt Model 1917
When the Americans formally entered World War 1 in 1917, they lacked much in the way of viable fighting equipment and this in...
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1955
Colt Python
The Colt Python is regarded by many gun purists and firearms experts as quite possibly the finest double-action revolver ever...
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1873
Colt Single Action Army (Colt 45 / Peacemaker)
The Colt firearms firm certainly hit its stride in the 1800s, helped no doubt by the American Civil War and goings on along t...
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1847
Colt Walker
Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker (1817-1847) served as a Texas Ranger and within the US military through the violent wars in th...
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1860
Cooper Pocket Double Action
Many firearms manufacturers of the late 1800s were overshadowed by the likes of Colt and Remington but James Maslin Cooper ma...
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1850
Devisme Percussion Revolver
F.P. Devisme was a highly skilled weapons maker based in Paris, France. While not exclusively known for his high-quality guns...
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1880
Enfield Mk I / Mk II
The Enfield Mk I/Mk II series of service revolvers appeared late in the 19th Century amidst a period of ever-changing firearm...
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1932
Enfield No. 2
Since World War 1, the British Army appreciated its large caliber revolvers mainly due to their inherent man-stopping abiliti...
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1974
Fabrique Nationale FN Barracuda
The FN Barracuda was a security service pistol proposed by the Belgium firm of Fabrique Nationale and accepted into service w...
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1820
Francotte Pinfire
The Francotte Pinfire Revolver was Belgian in origin, work completed by the firm of A. Francotte a Liege. Auguste Francotte s...
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1898
Gasser & Rast Model 1898
The Gasser & Rast Model 1898 service revolver was a handgun utilized by the Austro-Hungarian Army at the turn of the century....
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1870
Gasser Model 1870 Army Service
The Gasser Model 1870 Army Service pistol became the standard sidearm of cavalry units in service to the Austro-Hungarian Emp...
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1823
Lefaucheux 20-Round
The Lefaucheux 20-Round was one of the notable attempts at designing a revolver that offered the operator a pistol with more ...
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1854
Lefaucheux Model 1854
Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux developed the "pinfire" metallic cartridge from the late 1920s into the 1930s before patenting h...
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1861
LeMat (Grape Shot Revolver)
The "LeMat" was an American Civil War (1861-1865) revolver emerging from the resources-strapped Confederate States of America...
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1869
Liege Model 1869
The pinfire method for firearms was credited to Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux and patented in 1835. The system brought about e...
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1859
Manhattan Navy
Manhattan Firearms Company was established by a committee of businessmen in 1856 in preparation for the expiration of Colt re...
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1873
MAS Service Revolver Modele 1873
Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de St. Etienne (MAS) of the arsenal based at St. Etienne in France was the proud sponsor of the...
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1864
Metropolitan Navy Percussion
In 1864, Colt's East Armory erupted into flames which destroyed all but two of its buildings. The event could not have happen...
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1895
Nagant Model 1895 (M1895)
The Nagant Model of 1895 was a seven-shot service revolver developed in Belgium and adopted by the Imperial Russian Army as i...
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1882
Ordnance Revolver Model 1882
The Ordnance Revolver Model 1882 was a Swiss attempt at making a lighter revolver for its Army. The Swiss Army was already fi...
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1891
Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
The Model 1889 "Bodeo" revolver served as the standard Italian Army service revolver for decades after being adopted in 1891....
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1879
Reichsrevolver Model 1879
The Reichsrevolver ("Government Revolver") Model 1879 appeared during a German initiative to modernize and standardize her Ar...
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1861
Remington Model 1858 Army
Remington Arms gained considerable popularity during the American Civil War (1861-1865) with their line of rugged and reliabl...
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1861
Remington Model 1861 Army
Used almost as widely as the Colt Model 1860 New Model Army revolver, the Remington Model 1861 Army was the another American ...
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1862
Remington Model 1861 Navy
Remington produced their similar Model 1861 Navy based on the successful and well-liked Model 1861 Army revolvers. The Army r...
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1875
Remington Model 1875 New Army
The Remington Model 1875 New Army followed the form and function of the successful Model 1858 which saw widespread use and ac...
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1908
Smith & Wesson 1st Model New Century (Triple Lock)
In 1868, the storied firm of Smith & Wesson introduced their Model 3, a large-caliber, hinged-frame, single-action revolver. ...
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1917
Smith & Wesson Model 1917
The revolver was the primary side arm in most every major world army during the mid-to-late 1800s and into the 1900s and this...
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1889
Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)
The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and went on to see some 6 mill...
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1955
Smith & Wesson SW Model 29 (.44 Magnum)
The .44 Magnum or, more formally, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 became the stuff of legend in the Dirty Harry series of movies ...
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2003
Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator
The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every built. The Model 500 was int...
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1981
Smith & Wesson SW Model 686
In 1981, the fabled American firearms concern Smith & Wesson brought about their SW Model 868 six- or seven-shot revolver. Th...
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1872
Webley Bull Dog
The British Webley Bull Dog pocket revolver was a small, powerful firearm that saw considerable commercial success in a varie...
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1887
Webley Model 1887
The Webley service revolver first appeared in 1887 and manufactured under the P. Webley & Sons brand label, selected to repla...
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1861
Whitney Model 1861 Navy
After Samuel Colt's revolving cylinder firearms patent expired in 1857, a slew of competitors swooped in to claim their share...
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