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MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 1st MODEL, 2nd VARIATION ARMY " RUSSIAN MODEL" in .44 RUSSIAN CALIBER.
When Merwin, Hulbert & Co. first introduced their Army Model it was chambered in .44MH ( Merwin Caliber). In 1876 they made the decision to change to a more readily available caliber, so on the Frontier cartridges could be easily found. The first change was based on the popularity of S&W revolvers, their .44 Russian caliber had been around since 1870. This was VERY short lived, and ONLY about 100 revolvers were ever chambered for .44 Russian. Why ? they realized the WCF 44, (44/40) opened up a bigger market, with Rifle/Pistol combinations. Serial No. 942X, with matching Assembly No.'s of A7436 is a Factory Marked " Russian Model". It appears on the bottom of the left frame, below the cylinder. Making it one of about 100 manufactured, a VERY RARE Merwin !
Currently about 45% of the original nickel plate finish remains, the balance is a soft medium gray patina. ALL parts are original to the revolver, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. MOST IMPORTANT, the unique Merwin shell extraction system works 100% mechanically correct. The opening notch for hammer, and the full cock all hold, the cylinder indexes and locks tight, then the hammer releases for firing flawlessly. The Russian Model is fitted with PERIOD grips , known as "Jig Bone" grips. They are Cattle Bone, which is made to the grip shape, then striated to resemble Stag. Color is applied into the striations and stained permanently. This is a very colorful, and absolutely a symbol of the Western Frontier.
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1st MODEL ARMY, 2nd VARIATION, .44MH Cal.
This Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolver is right on the cusp of the 1st, 1st Army and having the design change to the 1st, 2nd variation. Serial No. 1131X has all the early features: Scoop Flutes, Single Action, Barrel Wedge, BUT it has the new 2nd variation feature of ONLY 1 trigger screw on frame. Also, this one is still in the .44 MH caliber. It has the 7 inch barrel, and has original factory Ivory Grips. The original finish was nickel plate, and it has about 3% remaining on protected areas. The overall finish is a plum/gray undisturbed and original patina. The Merwin really looks great with the original Ivory grips, which have a perfect 143 year old patina and color.
Most IMPORTANT: are the mechanics of a Merwin revolver. This has perfect functioning working actions. The unique twist & pull extraction system works flawlessly, and the cocking and locking action is tight and crisp. Each time the hammer is pulled to the rear, the cylinder rotates and indexes tightly into firing position.
This 1st/2nd Army, came from Oklahoma, and had been there a long time. So, it was either Oklahoma Ty. or Indian Ty. where this Merwin was in the day ! This was obviously a day to day working revolver, and stored with no special attention for many, many years.However, it is still crisp and 100% functional, with a great Western Appearance, it was part of the great adventure. PRICE $ 2,950
& Co. "The Classic Look" POCKET ARMY 44/40 /IVORY..1876
One of the enduring classics in collecting is the Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army. The 1st Model with the Scoop Flutes, Wedge in Barrel, and in Single Action 44/40, and the short barrel. A quite Robust Revolver yet in that era capable of being carried in a pocket ! Serial No. 295X, has ALL matching assembly numbers of 2690. The Pocket Army has about 98%+ of all the factory original nickel plating, with only "pepper" spots on the frame. The trigger guard and hammer have their case hardening colors, only darkened. Most Important: the unique shell extraction system of the revolver functions 100% correctly! as do the actions of cocking and firing. It is a solid 100% mechanical revolver. The stunning revolver is further enhanced by it's ORIGINAL Ivory grips, that have a perfect aged color and patina.
This is a fine example of a classic Pocket Army from Merwin, Hulbert & Co. suitable for the most discriminating collection.
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STRAP SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 44/40,..1880 in RARE BLUE Finish
Of the ENTIRE production of ALL Merwin revolvers, including all calibers, all models, ONLY 2% were finished in the Blue. This is one of them, enough said as to rarity. Serial No. 1796X is a Single Action, with the Top Strap Frame, and has a blue finish. There is about 20% of the bright factory blue present, mostly in obscure areas and protected areas, like flutes etc. The balance is a dull blue, with underlying plum patina, which is correct and normal for a once blue revolver. It gives a very strong blue appearance. ALL assembly numbers of 8284 are matching, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. ALL factory applied markings are strong and clear. Most Important: ALL mechanical operations work 100% correctly all the time, opening and closing the unique twist& pull ejection system, as well as cocking, indexing, and locking tight to fire. There are still case colors on the hammer and trigger guard. The checkered hard rubber grips are in superb condition, sharp checkering not any visible hand wear, and NO damage. A blued Merwin is incredibly difficult for the collector to locate, and in all factory original condition. A solid revolver for the collection !
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