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The Colonial

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Joseph Lang Revolvers
« on: June 01, 2015, 04:13:57 PM »

Joseph Lang [1821 – 1874] was a London gun maker who mainly produced high quality shotguns but also made handguns. At the Great Exhibition of 1851 he exhibited some four and six barrel revolvers, presumably pepperboxes.
Like many others he did not take long to start copying some of Colt’s designs and ideas.
A result of this was his transitional type revolvers. When encountered these rare revolvers are often mistaken for transitional revolvers. They are in fact quality handmade open-frame single action revolvers.
Features of the revolver in this post are:   
38 bore, [ 50 cal ]
         6 shot clustered cylinder
         7 inch sighted, front and rear octagonal barrel
         20 grove rifling
         offset hammer
         hinged butt cap
As well has having the barrel attached to the arbore pin by a wedge the barrel also has a spring on the barrel lug which seems to force the barrel onto the wedge.
As you can see from the photos the revolver is also very ornately engraved, including the hammer and the butt cap. Also each chamber is numbered as well.
The address on the barrel ‘J BEATTIE, 205, REGENT STREET, LONDON.’ Is one of several retailers who sold these revolvers.
Finally these revolvers are rare! You will be lucky to find one as they only come up for auction in the UK every few years.



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Re: Joseph Lang Revolvers
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2015, 06:15:49 PM »

I like that looks like a transitional revolver like you said
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