Mass. Arms Co. Maynard Pocket Revolver .28 Cal (A)

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A rare and unique Massachusetts Arms Company pocket revolver utilizing Maynard's Patent for his priming tape, chambered in .28 caliber. The Massachusetts Arms Company would first produce the Wesson and Levitt dragoon revolver which violated several of Colt's patents at the time. To remain in business, the Massachusetts Arms Company would redesign the revolver to make a gun that was legally not in violation of Colt's patents. This revolver would use the Maynard priming system and would use it under license for these revolvers until 1857 when Colt's patents finally expired. The revolver would be produced in 2 variants with a .31 caliber belt model and a .28 caliber pocket model, of which this is the latter. The Massachusetts Arms Co. would produce roughly 1,000 in total. This pocket model is number 616 as marked underneath the side plate. This revolver has an automatically indexing cylinder where the cylinder indexes when cocking the hammer. Revolver has 3" barrel with fixed sights. Side plate is marked "Maynard's Patent/Sep. 22. 1845", top strap is marked "Mass. Arms Co./Chicopee Falls". Finish is in overall fair to good condition with some minor rust on side plate and on engraved cylinder. Bright fire blue still present on barrel and barrel latch though worn. Engraved cylinder and frame have mostly turned to a brown patina with some blue still showing in lower handling areas. Wood grips are in overall good condition with no chips or cracks. Bore has some minor patches of surface rust and is dusty with well defined rifling. Hammer indexes cylinder when cocked and cog wheel for tape primer rotates with every cocking. This revolver comes in a wooden case with original lining, Mass. Arms Co. Cap for tin of Maynard primer tape, Mass Arms Co. marked dual cavity brass bullet mold, unmarked powder flask, disassembly tool, and more. A nice example of a scarce, unique revolver with a not often seen priming system. Perfect for any antique revolver collector. See photos. Antique firearm, no FFL required with this firearm. SN: 616

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Mass. Arms Co. Maynard Pocket Revolver .28 Cal (A)
Mass. Arms Co. Maynard Pocket Revolver .28 Cal (A)
Lot number: 1019
Seller: Donley Auction Services Inc.
Event: Day 1 - Guns, Ammo & Edged Weapons
Ends: Saturday, September 18 | 10:00 AM  Central

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