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Offline pestilence

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Want to build a Joslyn Army Revolver
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:09:49 AM »
Here's an interesting request you guys might be able to help me out with. I'm looking for any and all information on the action used in the Joslyn Army Revolver. Most importantly photos or drawings of the internal components. 

I found out about this interesting revolver a couple of nights ago while surfing the web and have determined that I must build a working replica of it. While it would be nice to have an original to work from, the cost of one of these little darlings in working condition is way outside most peoples price range. So I set myself to gathering as much data as I could find regarding this nifty little gun.

I did find out that the revolver is based on an 1858 patent, but we all know that filed patent drawings and actual production models rarely have the same features incorporated into their designs. 

Here is a copy of the May 4, 1858 patent drawing.

While the action, from what I can determine, is similar to the production revolver, it does differ in several major ways. Below is an interesting photo of a cut away revealing some but not all of the secrets hidden away within the revolver.

I then found an 1863 patent that was filed as an improvement to a revolver that shows a bizarre slide out cylinder for reloading. It seems that Benjamin Joslyn used the action from his production revolver in the design for this improvement patent. The problem is that the patent focuses on the cylinder slide out mechanism and shows little on how the ratcheting system works for indexing the cylinder. It does clearly show the action is the same as the cutaway view from above.


Any help in getting as much information about the Joslyn Army Revolver as possible short of buying an antique would be greatly appreciated. Heck, aside from knowing that it's called a .44 I have no idea what the actual bore diameter is. There are still many question that need to be answered, but for now how about some eye candy.

Offline mazo kid

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Re: Want to build a Joslyn Army Revolver
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 10:31:54 AM »
Sorry no one has been able to help you in your quest. Do you know what the revolver sold for in the Julia auction?

Offline PaleHawkDown

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Re: Want to build a Joslyn Army Revolver
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 04:29:17 PM »
That is way cool. I've never seen a sidelock revolver.