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Old 02-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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I'm new to this sight, so bear with me on this. I have, in my family, a Hopkins & Allen Mfg Co, double action revolver, which is nickle plated. Here is the information on the gun.
Hopkins & Allen M'F'G' Co
XL Bulldog
.28 Cal Center Fire
Pat March.28.71
Jan.5.86
5 Shot
Octagon Barrel
Serial # 3340
I can't find any information on this revolver. I didn't know there was a .28 caliber available. Could this be a mistake. The caliber digits are missing the nickle plating and I had to use a magnifying glass to see what they were. I thought it was a .38 cal until I looked at it real close, but a .28 caliber???
Is there anyone who can give me any insight on this revolver?

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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Posting detailed pictures generally helps...

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Does it have a spur trigger?

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Looks something like this one? http://www.auctionarms.com/closed/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=9442178.0 Same patent dates. That is .38 centerfire, not .28. I BELIEVE that is a .38 Short Colt, loaded with 14 gr of black powder, not the .38 S&W. H&A made a potfull of single action spur trigger guns, but branched out into the DA like yours. They were not real expensive guns.

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That's the one! Thank You! So only 14 gr of black powder. So probably todays ammo would not be a good idea to use in this gun then!?

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Can ammo be found for this revolver or is it not safe to be shooting a gun this old?

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It does not have a spur trigger on it.

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I will post some pictures for the record anyway-Thank You!

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What would this type of gun sold for back in the day?

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While it MAY be possible to fire it with currently made .38 Short Colt ammo, I have worked with explosives since I was 13 years old,and still have all fingers and both eyebrows, so I tend to be a cautious sort of person. Medical bills are much less when you do that. I would not.

Ref: selling price- the emphemera (ads, price lists, etc) is the first to go. These were not high dollar guns, and were probably somewhere in the $12-$20 range when new. Now, for grins and giggles, ask you local library to find you a copy (interlibrary loan) of the REPRINTED Sears Catalog- they have them from 1897. 1909, etc (the Sears HOUSE catalog from 1926 is a hoot- pick out a house, they would ship to you. Some assembly required)

After you finish drooling over the $14 Greener shotguns, go look up the handguns and ammo you could by by mail. Like their 69 cent revolver.

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