Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gun Porn 1

This is a Hopkins & Allen revolver in .38 S&W short with a folding hammer from my uncles collection...plus a little information.




Hopkins & Allen
Incorporated on June 15, 1868 by Charles A. Converse, Charles W. Allen, Horace Briggs, Samuel S. Hopkins and Charles W. Hopkins. It is of interest that all except of Charles W. Allen were already co-partners in Bacon Manufacturing Co. and Continental Arms Co. Both companies ceased all activities about the time when Hopkins & Allen was founded. In some way Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company (Hopkins & Allen) could be their successor.

The company was managed by the brothers Charles W. Hopkins, Henry H. Hopkins and Samuel S. Hopkins.

See Bacon Manufacturing Co. and Merwin Hulbert & Co. which company became sole distributor of Hopkins & Allen in 1871. In 1874 Converse sold his parts (1/2 of the company's capital) to Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Hopkins & Allen became a cash cow for Merwin, Hulbert & Co. When Merwin, Hulber & Co respectively Hulbert Bothers went bankrupt, Hopkins & Allen itself went bankrupt two years later in 1898. The company was reorganized as Hopkins & Allen Arms Company.

As of 1875 H&A made several lines of revolvers exclusively for Merwin, Hulbert & Co. e.g. the XL series however, with a double action feature and with a trigger guard. See Merwin, Hulbert & Co.

H & A was taken over by Marlin-Rockwell in 1914
While I'm not sure which specific model this is, but it is a 5 shot.

Now the .38 S&W is a fore bearer to the more modern .38 special, thats the full sized round that I teethed on when I started to shoot my first non-.22lr revolvers.
The .38 S&W(wiki image) is a revolver cartridge developed by Smith & Wesson in 1877. Though similar in name, it is not interchangeable with the later .38 Smith and Wesson Special due to a different case shape and slightly larger bullet diameter.

The British military adopted a loading of this cartridge as the .38-200, with the "200" referring to the weight of the bullet in grains.
I'll admit I have always liked the break top revolvers so several of the images my uncle sent me are pretty cool in my book. The image of Michael Caine fumbling due to nerves as he attempted to reload his break top revolver in the movie Zulu is one of the images for this fine mechanism that comes to mind when I see a break top model.

Here is the revolver open, one with the hammer open and one with the hammer closed to show the difference between the two.





More gun porn to follow in a few days.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gun Porn

My uncle sent me some pictures of his handgun collection and I thought I would share them over the next few days. here is a teaser image.


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Hopkins & Allen .38 S&W short

Hopkins & Allen Blue Jacket No.1 .22 Short

Harrington & Richardson Hammerless .32 S&W short

Harrington & Richardson .32 S&W long

Thames Arms .38 S&W short

Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works .32 S&W short

Hopkins & Allen XL No.4 .38 Rimfire

To damn lazy

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