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RELATIFS FRANÇAIS DE LA GUERRE CIVILE AMÉRICAINE
2 DE 3
Related Pistols of the American Civil War
2 of 3
This is the second of three photo discourses on French related revolvers
used in the American Civil War. These pistols, as pictured below,
are from top to bottom:
Liege manufactured E. LeFaucheux Brevete 6 shot, 12 millimeter
(.47 cal.) pinfire cartridge single action revolver. (Please see
Collector's Item Of The Week
for June 30, 2000)
Paris, France made Perrin 6 shot, 12 millimeter (.47 cal.) center
fire internal primed cartridge double action only revolver. (This
week's Collector's Item)
unmarked George Raphael 6 shot, 11 millimeter (.42 cal) center
fire internal primed cartridge double action revolver. (Next Week's
MADE PERRIN REVOLVER
SHOT, 12 MILLIMETER CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGE DOUBLE ACTION ONLY
This weapon is 12-5/8" over all in a straight line from the end
of the butt to the front of the barrel. The barrel length is 6-3/16".
The one piece walnut grip is metal capped with a lanyard ring. The
trigger guard has a false spur and a downward curve at the front.
It can only be fired in a double action mode. There is a spring
safety on the left side that when manually set prevents the hammer
from resting on the cartridge base. The barrel is actually in 3
sections. The forward round section is 4½". Then there is
a 7/16" barrel band that apparently can be turned to unlock the
barrel from the frame. The remaining 1¼" of the barrel length
is the frame itself. I could not easily break it down, so I have
left it alone. The markings on this arm are are shown in the following
About 550 Perrins were purchased on the open market by the federal
government during the war. Undoubtedly this weapon was also available
for purchase by individuals. This weapon has few markings. They
are as follows:
The serial number, " No 653", is stamped on the cylinder and near
the front of the left side of the frame. Under the frame serial
number is a small sunburst design with "PARIS" beneath it.
On the right frame in front of the cylinder, stamped in 2 lines,
as best as I can tell, is "PERRIN / & CIE. BTE". There are no
specific proofs, French or otherwise anywhere on the gun.
gate/shell retainer lever is quite long.
are internally primed with a percussion cap that is activated
by the force of the falling hammer.
Following are top & bottom views of the Perrin revolver:
Let's hear it for the Perrin revolver. All together now!
la France - et hooray pour le pistolet de Perrin"!
Be sure to join us next week for Part 3 of 3, a pictorial discourse
on the Raphael Revolver.
Thanks for looking. My son Reed Radcliffe, the webmaster and I hope
everyone had a very happy 4th of July.