Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer is believed to have carried a pair of British Bulldog revolvers, short-barrelled and double-action revolver that was made in pocket and small belt-sized. After more than a century, the names still stir our emotions. [1] It featured a 2.5-inch (64 mm) barrel and was chambered for .442 Webley or .450 Adams cartridges, with a five-round cylinder. The Webley R.I.C. Thanks for another good post. It was believed that he was carrying the Webley during his "last stand." US Army general, George Armstrong Custer, was said to have carried a pair at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Working closely with manufactures, Taylor's firearms are crafted to our specifications using high-quality machining, and innovative designs; all part of Keeping The Legend Alive! Never know when I might need it. This post was worth it for the puppy pic alone. Contact us to learn more about firearms that guarantee an awesome shooting experience. These pockets “protectors” were made with a metal loop on the end of the butt, where a lanyard or chain could be attached to keep the revolver from falling out of the pocket. Revolvers involved in the Battle of Little Bighorn visited Snyder this week. The Webley saw production through a variety of Marks in both .455 and .38/200 chamberings, but the basic action remained the same. [3] The design originated in 1868 for the Webley Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) model revolver and was manufactured as late as 1917. A .44 calibre Belgian-made British Bulldog revolver was used to assassinate US President James Garfield on 2 July 1881 by Charles Guiteau. General Custer is said to have carried some into his final battle. At the Battle of Little Bighorn - June 25/26 1876 - was Custer carrying 'Galand & Sommerville'.450" calibre revolvers (made by Braedlin & Sommerville in England) - or Webley British Bulldog Revolvers - or Webley Royal Irish Constabulary Revolvers? . The quintessential hinged frame, … The British revolver in Custer's gun rack follows the lines of the RIC much more closely than those of the Galand, which has a rather involved under-barrel extraction mechanism and slightly different grip than the Webley. Frederick W. Benteen reported unserviceable after the 1876 battle. - And were they .450" Calibre? Custer was killed along with 268 other U.S. cavalry. Great information for western romance writers. This blued steel revolver is a double-action only pistol that fired a.455 caliber bullet from a rifled barrel. This revolver has a “pure Little Big Horn pedigree,” Noyes says. I’d hate to think it has been lost forever. The design of the British Bull Dog revolver had been in existence since 1868, but Henry Webley registered the trademark in 1878. It is certainly of the correct era to be one of Custer's guns. For its day the Webley represented the state of the art. [5] The .44 Bull Dog was a popular American cartridge that was a shorter and less powerful cartridge that could also be fired from .442 Webley caliber revolvers. 1858 Remingtons The ruggedness of the solid frame and the ability to quickly change cylinders made the Remington Army a favorite of officers and infantry alike during the Civil War. The British Bull Dog was a popular type of solid-frame pocket revolver introduced by Philip Webley & Son of Birmingham, England, in 1872, and subsequently copied by … As early as 1853 P. Webley and J. Webley began production of their first patented single action cap and ball revolvers. His RIC guns supposedly had ivory butts/grips, as did many of his handguns. This little weapon is considered one of the guns that “won the west.” Check out The British Bulldog Revolver; The Forgotten Gun that Really Won the West by George Layman. 2 of 11 A Look at 2 Colt Model 1861 Revolvers Owned By Colonel Custer Custer. Godfrey on January 16, 1896, Custer carried “two Bulldog self-cocking, English, white-handled pistols, with a ring in the butt for a lanyard. I agree, Patricia. Webley No.2.32" Cal. Captain Thomas A. French of Company M carried a.50-caliber Springfield that his men called ‘Long Tom.’ You wouldn’t have to worry about loosing your weapon. Custer’s men faced a major defeat as the Native Americans gave what was one of their last pushes to preserve their way of life. It was designed to be carried in a coat pocket or kept on a bedside table, and many have survived to the present day in good condition, having seen little actual use. It should be explained here that the standard barrel length of the early.45- caliber Colt Single Action Army Model revolvers that the U.S. Army issued to its troops—including Custer and his men—was 7 1⁄2 inches. A woman with no home. The British company Webley and Scott (P. Webley & Son before merger with W & C Scott in 1897) produced a range of revolvers from the mid 19th to late 20th centuries. More guns…that is very interesting about the guns. Amy, i just can’t imagine carrying a gun in my pocket–seems dangerous, lol A rancher with no heart. A gun which can be proven to have been owned by someone famous is obviously worth more than one that wasn’t. Very interesting. By the banks of the Little Bighorn River, the spectacular career of George Armstrong Custer ended. You appreciate fine craftsmanship. The gun in the picture looks like a Remington New Model Army single action revolver. In all, he paid $10 for the revolver, a box of cartridges and a penknife,[9] before spending the next day familiarising himself with the revolver's operation and firing 10 practice shots with it into trees along the banks of the Potomac River. The entire wiki with photo and video galleries for each article I’m going to file this away. That man…sigh. According to a report given by Brigadier-General (then Major) E.S. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Numerous copies and variants of this design (authorized and unauthorized) were made in Belfast, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Pakistan, France and the United States during the late 19th century. Cavalry items on display include Tom Custer's Kerr revolver and an Army pistol dropped on the Reno retreat route, still fully loaded. The British Bull Dog was a popular type of solid-frame pocket revolver introduced by Philip Webley & Son of Birmingham, England, in 1872, and subsequently copied by gunmakers in continental Europe and the United States. Charles J. Guiteau used a .442 Webley British Bulldog revolver to assassinate United States President James A. Garfield at the Baltimore of Potomac Railroad Station in Washington D.C. On 2 July 1881. 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Taylor's Firearms markets historical reproductions as well as guns designed for modern day shooters' needs in The New West. Well if it was I guess the family that finds it will be in for a interesting history on that gun. The engraving is finely executed with delicate scrolls. Thanks for posting the story about the weapon. Designed to be carried in a coat pocket or kept on a night-stand, this little revolver was a solid-frame pocket revolver, meaning the round chamber was rotated away from the weapon in order to be loaded, instead of the barrel flipping up or down out of the way. BULLDOG Wikipedia further has this to say: Interesting. [4], A version made by Webley, but finished by Belfast-based gunmaker, Joseph Braddell, known as the Ulster Bull Dog, used a longer grip frame than the standard, making the revolver easier to control and shoot. This eye-witness account by Little Bighorn survivor Edward S. Godfrey-- together with the accounts of suviors Peter Thompson and the Arikara scout Soldier-- provide the best information on what Custer wore. The design of the British Bull Dog revolver had been in existence since 1868, but Henry Webley registered the trademark in 1878. They truly were a work of art. The top strap is marked “LIDDLE & KAEDING/SAN FRANCISCO”. We know they weren’t the production revolvers, because those were officially produced in 1878, two years after the infamous battle. Between that and my gun collector friend, I still have several to go. Dec 17, 2015 - General George Armstrong Custer's Webley RIC Revolver. Charles Julius Guiteau, angry that he had not been appointed to a Federal post, used an American-made Bulldog to assassinate President James Garfield on July 2, 1881. The Bulldog was one of the greatest revolver concepts of that time period. Like Gettysburg and Bull Run, the Battle of Little Bighorn is a battle burned into the American consciousness, a brief moment in time preserved forever in history. “We have Custer’s Bulldog. If he took .32's, they were probably the similar British Bulldog model, which was widely copied. [6] British Bull Dog revolvers were issued to employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company until 1895.[2]. 1.455 CF Revolver (Royal Irish Constabulary) was first manufactured in 1872. i’ll stick with pepper spray. [7] American copies were manufactured by the firms of Forehand & Wadsworth, Iver Johnson and Harrington & Richardson. The Webley Top-Break Revolver, also known as the Webley Self-Extracting Revolver, served as the standard-issue service pistol for the British armed forces from 1887 until 1963. After Guiteau’s trial, the revolver was placed in the Smithsonian Institution. The design originated in 1868 for the Webley Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) model revolver and was manufactured as late as 1917. Can holiday magic bring The Devil and Miss Julia Jackson together? Dec 17, 2015 - General George Armstrong Custer's Webley RIC Revolver .. General George Armstrong Custer's Webley RIC Revolver. Bulldog Known for its rugged reliability and stopping power, Charter’s.44 Special is a versatile revolver for personal or home protection. Often called the “Bulldog” due to its stout frame and short barrel, it went on to inspire a … Some time after (believed to be around 1900) the revolver disappeared, and has not been seen since. Webley produced smaller scaled .320 Revolver and .380 calibre versions later, but did not mark them with the British Bull Dog name. The Webley British Bulldog revolver is famous for another moment in history, as well. It is a five shot snub nose that is designed for concealed carry or a back up gun. But I do like finding out about these weapons and their infamous stories. © 2021 Petticoats and Pistols & Licensors. Maybe as hideout guns. [8] He used the revolver to shoot Garfield a week or so later in the Sixth Street Railway Station in Washington, D.C. After Guiteau's trial, the revolver was placed in the Smithsonian Institution but disappeared some time later. The first gun is a pretty, little weapon. I guess someone visiting wanted the gun, hopefully it wasn’t one of the Smithsonian employees. Many famous persons owned bulldog revolvers. Crazy Horse. A Model 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver, serial 5773, is one of three that 7th Cavalry Capt. Later under the trade name of P. Webley and Son, manufacturing included their own .44cal rim-fire solid frame revolver as well as licensed copies of Smith & Wesson's Tip up break action revolvers. Belgian and American versions (aka: Frontier Bulldogs) were chambered for the .44 S&W American or .442 Webley cartridges. Although it would be an interesting “ornament” to hang from your watch chain, wouldn’t it? It had a 2.5 inch barrel and packed a wallop with .44 and .45 caliber bullets. https://petticoatsandpistols.com/2010/10/14/custer’s-british-bulldogs [8] Though he could not afford the extra dollar, the store owner dropped the price for him. Other Indian weaponry includes a Lakota lance made from a cavalry guidon pole, shields, and an U.S. Army-issue revolver with a holster decorated with Plains Indian style beadwork. Wendell Grangaard and Ernie Fellows have collected guns for almost 60 years and have acquired several historical pieces. Post Views: 14,810 They are perhaps still out there somewhere. Big Year for Custer Guns Roughly three quarter of a million dollars earned on three Custer-era firearms. From that time to the present, the term has come to mean any short barrelled double-action revolver with a swing-out ejector rod and a short grip. [2], Intended to be carried in a coat pocket, many have survived to the present day in good condition, having seen little actual use. In 1973 Charter Arms introduced their Bulldog revolver. The initial 1887 military order for the Webley Mk 1 revolver was for 1… With a barrel length of 2.5", the.44 Special is one of the larger revolvers to qualify for concealed carry. Layman’s book shows one which may have been carried by Billy the Kid. George Custer is rumored to have wielded a matched pair of ivory handled British Bulldog revolvers. George Custer carried a Remington.50-caliber sporting rifle with octagonal barrel and two revolvers that were not standard issue–possibly Webley British Bulldog, double-action, white-handled revolvers. Tracy, I’ve never heard of this type of gun. Collectors earned more than $1.25 million for their Old West artifacts. Guiteau was a disgruntled lawyer, who was angry that Garfield had not appointed him to a federal post. I’d heard that Custer carried “pearl handled” pistols, but never knew until now what those guns were. Julie, the pup is what I thought of everytime I typed “Bulldog”. It’s the one that everyone on Earth has been chasing and trying to find. I have always heard that Custer was given a Webley Bull Dog revolver as a gift and after his death the gun was never recovered. The Colt SA Army pistol that was reportedly used during this attack is now being offered … The RIC revolver was a solid-frame double action revolver first made by British gun maker Philip Webley, and took its name from the police force that first adopted it in the 1860s. It has potent stopping power, while not being burdensome to carry. 1858 Army and Sheriff Models. Even if you dropped it, it wouldn’t be out of reach. Amy, like you, I hope someone finds it in their family “collection” someday. February 8, 2018 Meghan Saar Hammering down at James D. Julia for $400,000, this 1873 Colt (serial 5773) has been positively proven to be used by Custer’s men at the famous Battle of the Little Big Horn. Linda, there are a couple of great shows on Outdoor Channel that cover cowboy weapons, shooting styles, clothing, etc. Frankly, I doubt anyone knows just which guns he actually carried on June 25, 1876. Site Hosted and Maintained by Indies On the Web. But scholars believe he might have had an earlier version. That’s one cool looking gun, Tracy. More than 125,000 [37] US Army general, George Armstrong Custer, was said to have carried a pair at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Wow, you’re really coming up with all kinds of different weapons! Army-issue Colts with this barrel length were called the Cavalry Model. The British Bulldog Revolver; The Forgotten Gun that Really Won the West. Guiteau reportedly wanted a British Bulldog revolver with ivory grips instead of wooden ones, as he believed they would look nicer when the gun was displayed in a museum,[8] but decided not to spend the extra US$1 that the ivory-gripped model would have cost. It was named in honour of the original but does not share a design. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. No. [2][5], The Bulldog was popular in Britain and America. But I seriously doubt that he'd carry .32's. The Bulldog was so popular in Britain and America that US Army General George Armstrong Custer is recorded to have carried a pair at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Guiteau paid $10 for the revolver, a box of cartridges, and a penknife. The Bulldog was popular in Britain and America. This revolver features rare 65% engraving throughout. From that time to the present, the term has come to mean any short barrelled double-action revolver with a swing-out ejector rod and a short grip. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s two ornate Colt Model 1861 Navy revolvers are currently on display at the Frazier History Museum. GEORGE A. CUSTER'S appearance on June 25, 1876 is more than a trivial matter of style -- it is all we have establish his identity in the eye-witness accounts of the battle.. Actually, a gunsmith at the time these weapons were made was part wood artist, part blacksmith, part engineer. And your cover is just dreamy. Having the loop on the butt wasn’t such a bad idea. No, not that kind of bulldog. Dec 17, 2015 - General George Armstrong Custer's Webley RIC Revolver. If you want a compact .45 Colt revolver, however, the Charter Arms Bulldog XL is currently the only game in town that doesn’t come with a cylinder distended to accept shotshells.