Merwin Hulbert Revolvers.

Mad John

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Anyone have any experience with Merwin-Hulbert revolvers?
 

ZX9RCAM

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I have no idea if this is what you are asking about....

 

sucker76

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I have watched a few Forgotten Weapons videos on them. They look very interesting. I with they got more attention back then so we would have more now.
 

Mad John

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I have no idea if this is what you are asking about....

Exactly. Forgot that I put out a reply some time ago. The Merwin Hulbert Company started producing their line of revolvers in 1876. Over their short time in business they produces around 14, different models. If Colt, Remington and S&W were the Cadillacs of their day Merwin-Hulbert was the Rolls_Royce. Incredibly strong and durable the design was truly a thing to shoot. There is so much to be said about them it is hard to find a place to begin. They were incredibly expensive even for that time. But their quality was unsurpassed. Innovative by design and machine tolerances. When you break a Merwin open to reload the tolerances are so tight and smooth there is suction built in the cylinder arbor that will pull the gun back to almost the closed position without any springs. When opening a Merwin to reload (a twist and turn motion, pulling it apart) the revolver will eject only the empty cartridges. Simply twist and close the cylinder to frame and load the empty cylinders.
Nickle Plate was the desired weatherproof finish of the day. Merwin had a plating process that was superior to any other and offered their revolvers Nickle Plated at NO additional cost.
Of ALL Merwin-Hulbert revolvers in all calibers... less that two percent left the factory in Blue Steel finish. Blue Merwin's demand an incredible price above the Nickle Plated guns. I have purchased two of the only three Merwin-Hulbert revolvers I have ever seen.
I do often carry a Third Model Pocket Army Merwin in, as marled, Calibre 1873 Winchester. (.44-40WCF) Accurate and a load of fun to shoot.
I know that I have posted these pictures before but here are three different models. I was unable to attach all 10 pictures. The top one is a (Blued) Second Model Army with scoop flute cylinders and open top. The next one is one I carry, a Third Model Pocket Army and the last is a .38 Merwin with the folding hammer in Blue steel. Went out of production in 1889.
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Coyote9

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Anyone have any experience with Merwin-Hulbert revolvers?
I hand loaded several MH calibers for a friend, GREAT guns! What do you have?
My maternal grandfather = true lifelong cowboy and foreman of the Britt Ranch carried a 44-40 Merwin Hulbert which my POS older sister inherited and sold for $50!
 

Mad John

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I hand loaded several MH calibers for a friend, GREAT guns! What do you have?
My maternal grandfather = true lifelong cowboy and foreman of the Britt Ranch carried a 44-40 Merwin Hulbert which my POS older sister inherited and sold for $50!
My earlier post has some picture of my Merwin revolvers. I would disown my sister for that. Fortunately I am in a family of long time military gun people. Unfortunately I live behind enemy lines in Illinois with no way out. Places to shoot are drying up rapidly because of Democrats. Not many gun shops here any more. The one that was the largest and ben here for 49 years was forced to close a little over a year ago. I was a very close family friend for decades. They had to close due to regulations, license cost and politics. The last days they were open I approached the owner's widow and ( Mike the owner had passed away a few years before) wanted to help her. I purchased the remaining inventory for a set price for everything so she would not be stuck trying to finish from a storage building. NO GUNS they were all brokered off and I did not need the paperwork headache. It took three pickup truck loads to move the stuff into my basement. What a mess! Buckets of brass and you name it.
I have been handloading since the days of the old player piano Poncess and Warren presses and hand squeezer Lyman Ideals. Forming brass for a number of obscure old cartridges, mostly US and a few foreign that I took a fancy to. Just about every caliber from .30 Mauser Pistol to .577 Nitro Express. Many large caliber Black Powder cartridges for my big bore guns.
Sometimes it does get overwhelming.
Life is such fun!
 

Coyote9

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Jan 13, 2020
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Granbury Texas
My earlier post has some picture of my Merwin revolvers. I would disown my sister for that. Fortunately I am in a family of long time military gun people. Unfortunately I live behind enemy lines in Illinois with no way out. Places to shoot are drying up rapidly because of Democrats. Not many gun shops here any more. The one that was the largest and ben here for 49 years was forced to close a little over a year ago. I was a very close family friend for decades. They had to close due to regulations, license cost and politics. The last days they were open I approached the owner's widow and ( Mike the owner had passed away a few years before) wanted to help her. I purchased the remaining inventory for a set price for everything so she would not be stuck trying to finish from a storage building. NO GUNS they were all brokered off and I did not need the paperwork headache. It took three pickup truck loads to move the stuff into my basement. What a mess! Buckets of brass and you name it.
I have been handloading since the days of the old player piano Poncess and Warren presses and hand squeezer Lyman Ideals. Forming brass for a number of obscure old cartridges, mostly US and a few foreign that I took a fancy to. Just about every caliber from .30 Mauser Pistol to .577 Nitro Express. Many large caliber Black Powder cartridges for my big bore guns.
Sometimes it does get overwhelming.
Life is such fun!
Indeed, I still cast 25-20, 32-20 and 41 Swiss cf- inhaling lead fumes will mort me b4 Covid ;) Family is first, she is wise and educated and ignorant in things which do not interest her. I got the 45-60 1876 Winchester, then gave it away to my son who now has the hard choice of which grand girl will treasure it.
 
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Mad John

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Jan 15, 2019
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Rural Illinois
Thank you @Mad John I learned more today. You say you you carry one?
Yes I do carry one. I sometimes carry a variety of handguns. Not all at the same time. When I walk into the remaining couple shops here I get asked what I am carrying to day. It is always fun. Sometimes it's a Merwin or a S&W First Model American, a Smith & Wesson Schofield or a Russian with Ivory grips, Broomhandle Mauser, Artillery Luger even Colt Bisley Revolvers. Depends on my mood.
 

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