Percussion Revolver manufacturers of the Confederate States

Discussion in 'History' started by St8LineGunsmith, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. St8LineGunsmith

    St8LineGunsmith New Member

    I had researched this some time ago and just forgot the numbers right off the top of my head luckally I kept it wrote down for such occasions as this. i am being specific to the confederacy's manufacturers who were producing 1851 navy copy's but I also included some data of Spiller and Burr and Cofer who made copys of the Whitney Revolver.

    Griswold & Gunnison, also known as Griswold & Grier made Brass-framed copies of the Colt Navy 1851 in .36", estimated 3700 made

    Leech & Rigdon and Rigdon, Ansley Steel-framed .36" copies of the Colt Navy 1851, 2400 made

    Augusta Machine Works Steel-framed .36" copies of the Colt Navy 1851, estimated 100 made

    Colombus Firearms Manufacturing Company .36" Steel-framed copies of the Colt Navy 1851, less than 100 made

    Revolvers made in the Confederacy, however not on military contract

    Cofer: .36" copys of the Whitney, only 13 known
    Schneider & Glassick: .36"colt navy copy's, 50 recorded
    Sisterdale: steel framed .36" 1851 Colt Navy copy's only 6 made

    Texas-made revolvers

    The J.H.Dance & Brothers actually made estimated 360 .44" Colt copys and 135 .36" colt copys
    130 Tucker & Sherrard, and 400 Clark & Sherrard 3rd model Dragoon copys made

    L.E. Tucker & Sons made .36" Steel-framed copies of the Colt Navy 1851 no data on the numbers manufactured
    Laban E Tucker worked in Marshall, TX in the 1850s, Lancaster, TX in 1861 - 1864, and Weatherford after 1864..

    add the estimated total of 1500 Spiller and Burr models
    brings the *estimated total to 9969
    this is an estimate not a definitive number.
    The factory ceased production at war's end with slightly more than 1,500 revolvers fabricated, fulfilling only one tenth the number called for in the original contract.
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    European-made revolvers

    Le Mat 9 rounds + 1 shot barrelA total of about 3,000 Le Mat's revolvers were made, but the exact number of them that reached the Confederacy is unknown

    Kerr Sidehammer british-made revolver
    Serial numbers of the revolvers delivered to the Confederate army situate between 3000 and 10000.

    Lefaucheux 1854 *Pinfire 12 mm *French revolver

    Liège-made revolvers *- 2.000 to 5.000 French Lefaucheux 1854 revolvers (estimated)

    - 5.000 or more revolvers of the same type, or of the 2nd and 3rd type, in 12 and 9 mm calibers, of Belgian, Spanish and British origin

    - 9.000 British Kerr percussion revolvers (serial between 3.000 and 10.000, plus the pre-war deliveries)

    All these guns were supplied by the London Armoury Co to Caleb Huse

    - 8.000 LeMat percussion revolvers, including 3.000 for the Navy (an estimated number of 3.000 reached the South. Delivered by LeMat & Girard)

    - An unknown number of various European made percussion revolvers, including Liège copies of the Colt 1851 Navy made by N. Gillon and other Liège gunmakers.

    According to some authors, the 20 very first LeMat have been produced in the US y John Krider, while the first 450 serial numbers of the 1st Model were made at Liège. This is possible but highly doubtful, as only one Liège-made LeMat, contemporary of the Civil War, is known to be in existence today. It is a 2nd model with a high serial#, and its condition is close to mint. The maker is still unknown today, and no mention of a possible Liège contract has been found in the LeMat & Girard archives. However, the gun is of high quality and strictly identical to those made by LeMat & Girard.

    Between 1858-59 and 1865, no trace of any increased activity can be found in the Liège gunmaking industry, which could indicate any war production effort, nor mass exportations to the United States.

    We can conclude that the few thousands of Liège-made revolvers that found their way to Confederate hands were only parts of lots purchased on the European market by the LAC agents. No order from the Confederacy was ever placed by any Liège gunmaker, and it seems that none of the Liège gunmakers was interested in the potential market generated by that distant conflict

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    Sam Colt shipped 2,230 of his new .44 Army revolvers to Southern Agents. He did this on the eve of the war 1860-1861.
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    Very interesting post. Thanks for the info.:)