THE REVOLVERS OF ELI WHITNEY, JR.

1850 - 1879

 

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We are now researching the Pocket Model Revolvers of Eli Whitney, Jr. 

 

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The Whitney Navy Revolver

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WHITNEY POCKET MODEL 

 

WHITNEY HOODED CYLINDER POCKET REVOLVER                                                  

WHITNEY-BEALS OR RING TRIGGER POCKET REVOLVER               

 

WHITNEY TWO-TRIGGER REVOLVER

 

WHITNEY "NEW MODEL" POCKET REVOLVER

WHITNEY RIMFIRE BREECHLOADING REVOLVER

 

We hope this research will result in a new reference book for:

The Revolvers of Eli Whitney, Jr.  1850 - 1879

Eli Whitney, Jr. assumed control of his father's armory in 1841.  The Whitney Arms Company manufactured muskets for the Government and would continue to do so during the War Between the States.  Whitney's first opportunity to become involved with the manufacture of handguns occurred in 1847, when Sam Colt received a contract for 1,000 revolvers during the War with Mexico.  Colt had closed his plant in Paterson, New Jersey in 1843, due to economic conditions and loss of payments for his Paterson revolvers during the Seminole War.  Whitney and Colt partnered for the manufacture of the Colt Walker revolver, at the Whitneyville armory. That venture helped Colt get back into the firearms business, and helped prepare Whitney to begin manufacturing his first handguns around 1850.  Colt retained a patent on his revolving mechanism, which caused Whitney and other manufacturers to develop other methods of "revolving the cylinder".  Once Colt's patent expired in 1857, Whitney began producing revolvers with the same reliable mechanism.

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