Please help identify, and/or find a replacement cylinder for my forehand.

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Trint, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Trint

    Trint New Member

    Recently got this forehand arms co. Revolver that I can't find much info on. Serial number (on the butt of the gun is stamped 239260. I discovered it under the seat of an old farm truck I bought for parts. Missing the cylinder but in absolutely great shape otherwise. My questions are - where can I find a cylinder? What caliber/ammo can it use? Lol not that I'm planning on firing it any time soon. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

    You posted this in the AR-15 forum so I don't know how many replies you will receive.
    You already have invested about as much as the revolver is worth so it would hardly pay to buy and fit a replacement cylinder for this gun. Best advice is to toss it on a shelf as a souvenir of the truck purchase.

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Trint- first of all, welcome to the forum. When you get a minute, stop by Introductions and say howdy.

    Second, I moved your thread over to Curio & Relics to improve your chances of getting an answer.


    There were several different revolvers, HOWEVER, the name changed to Forehand Arms in 1890, and the company went away in 1902, so that narrows down the selection. Odds are, it MAY be a 1901 revolver. The Forehand Arms 1901 revolver was made in .32 S&W and .38 S&W calibers. NOT .38 Special!

    You are not holding the gun close enough to the computer for me to tell what you have. If it is a .32, then look here:

    If it is a .38.....................:yoda:

    Oh, and some history of the company-
  4. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Thanks for the link C3. I just learned a little bit more about the old Webley bulldog clone that's been sitting in the safe for the last 20 years. Belonged to my Great Great grandfather, and was passed down through the family over the years, first to my grandfather, then my dad, and finally to me when dad had me add it to the list on my permit application in 1997.

    And no, dad and i have never fired it.
  5. superc

    superc Member

    Well if it is one of F&W's Bulldog clones you may get lucky.. Mr. Layman's book about Bulldog revolvers identify the F&W as the only Bulldog variant that had 100% parts interchangeability. You will just need to know which one of their versions (they had 5 or 6 different models of Bulldog) you have, then when you find a broken one on Gunbroker buy it for parts. Of course they stopped making them around 1912, so you may have a few months of wait beffore one pops up for sale of the correct type and model.

    It is worth noting that F&W also made spur trigger and other types of revolvers under a variety of seller names. All of the F&W pistols came in several different calibers.
  6. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I just might do that. Really have no plans to ever fire it, but it would be nice to have parts JIC, should I ever decide to.