Double action, pre Civil War design percussion revolver. It has a fully enclosed cylinder, i.e. a top strap. What I don’t get at the moment is why there are twice as many cylinder notches as there are chambers.
This is the sort of thing I’d like to own, and yet I can give no practical reason for it whatsoever.
ETA; I think I figured out the cylinder notch thing. It must be a safety system. Colt’s, Remington and others had similar features, pins or notches in the back of the cylinder to engage the hammer, that more or less locked the cylinder half way between chambers, so the hammer could rest safely between chambers, allowing the carrier to have all chambers loaded rather than resting the hammer on an empty chamber. This revolver is simply using the existing bolt (cylinder lock) for that purpose, methinks, hence the “in between” cylinder notches.
It even made an appearance in the Clint Eastwood “Unforgiven”.
Hmm. I remember a Schofield (break-action) in the hands of the kid who accompanied Eastwood’s and Freeman’s characters, but not a Starr. Maybe it’s because I was not familiar with it and so didn’t recognize it.
The NAA mini-revolver has a similar system for locking the hammer between chambers.
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Pistols like this are a really great reason to be able to print firearms out on a 3D printer. Wouldn’t it be great to buy the printer instructions for one that would fire .38 Special?
I don’t think I would fire a plastic framed .38 Special unless I was behind cover and using a remote triggering system, nor a 44/100ths caliber percussion revolver for that matter. Both originally used black powder and the power levels aren’t much different. I’d be OK with 3D printed grips on a revolver, but that’s about it. Then again I have heard of some exotic metal deposition printing technology, but still…I’d have to see the test results on that first.