Original Civil War Era British Beaumont–Adams Percussion Revolver in .442cal - circa 1862

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very interesting Percussion Revolver, in an nicely matured condition. The Beaumont–Adams revolver is a muzzle-loading, double-action, percussion revolver. It was originally adopted by the British Army in .442 calibre (54-bore, 11.2mm) as a modification of the Adams revolver already in service. On 20 February 1856, Lieutenant Frederick E. B. Beaumont of the Royal Engineers had been granted a British patent for improvements to the Adams revolver which allowed them to be cocked and fired either by manually cocking the hammer as in Colt single-action revolvers, or by just pulling the trigger. Beaumont was granted a US Patent (no. 15,032) on 3 June of the same year. Once production started, the revised revolver was so popular the Colt was forced to shut down their London factory due to lack of sales.

This example still retains some of the original color, and is marked on the top of the barrel strap:-


The Revolver generally shows use including a bit of pitting marks on the barrel's right hand side. No Retailer's name or visible serial number except for a 15 under the barrel indicate that this may very well have been produced for the Confederacy and shipped via a "Blockade Runner" into the South during the Civil War. There is a number 12 stamped under the grips, but this is most likely an assembly number. The revolver functions nicely, though as with any firearm of this age, it can be finicky.

A nice example of a used Civil War Era Percussion Revolver, Ready to display!


Years of Manufacture: 1862–1880
Caliber: .442 (54-bore)
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 5 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Single / Double Action
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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