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The Colonial

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Allen & Wheelock Police Providence
« on: August 02, 2015, 04:15:15 PM »

Providence Police Model

The Providence Police Model revolver was the last of the centre hammer percussion revolvers made by Mr Allen. None of these revolvers bears the Allen marks and current thinking suggests that as Mr Allen knew it would have a limited production life it wasn’t worth the cost.

This compact 5 shot 36 cal revolver was quite potent. If you put the cylinders of the Navy and the Providence side by side it appears that the Providence carried as much powder charge per cylinder as the Navy.

My revolver is numbered 781 with a standard 3 inch barrel a spur trigger and no rammer. These guns came in 3, 4 & 5 inch barrels and according to Flaydermans only about 1,000 were made.

While it has no Allen markings, it’s an Allen. The same cylinder pin latch, the cylinder locking device and the action are all covered by the Allen’s patents [see ‘Ethan Allen and Allen & Wheelock their guns and the legacy’ by Paul Henry. Also the grips have that typical Allen style.

But the biggest mystery about these guns is how they became known as the Providence Police model amongst collectors. There is no known record of these guns ever being used by Rhode Island Providence police.

Cheers, The Colonial


Left Side View


Right Side View


Close Up Of Cylinder Pin Latch


The Navy & Police Providence


Navy & Police Cylinders Front On


Navy & Police Cylinders Side By Side
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