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The Colonial

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Here Is The Hammer
« on: April 19, 2015, 12:29:39 AM »

The Pettengill Army was definitely an odd gun and not a commercial success either. The start of its problems was its weak frame, made of malleable steel, a steel that could be cold worked. Also being a scaled up version of the earlier pocket and navy Pettengill making it a very heavy, 3 pounds, awkward to hold and fire revolver.
Loading the Pettengill would also have been a problem. The standard Colt or Remington 44 cartridge would easily fit both revolvers having a 0.460 chamber opening, but the Pettengill is a very tight fit with a chamber opening of only 0.448. Also there is no channel cut into the frame for capping the nipples.
Given all these problems and its lack of accuracy [see Civil War Revolvers, Myth vs. Reality – by Peter Schiffers] its easy to see why by late 1863 most of these revolvers where withdrawn from service.
The attached photos are of my Pettengill and some of its components. I also noticed on one post that ‘Griswold’ asked ‘where’s the hammer?’ see photo 4.
Cheers from The Colonial



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Re: Here Is The Hammer
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 03:59:56 AM »

Great pictures thank you
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