Original U.S. 1854 Patent Whitney-Beals 3rd Model "Walking Beam" Percussion Revolver - Serial 356

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These are very hard to find and were known as the "WALKING BEAM" Revolvers, due to the way the cylinder was rotated. This system was patented in 1854 by FORDYCE BEALS, and put into production by Eli Whitney. The left side of the frame is marked (somewhat faded):

SEPT. 26 .54

The top strap of the revolver frame is marked:


This is a Seven shot .31 caliber percussion revolver, marked with serial number 356 under the grip, however it is a very early and somewhat cumbersome design. It has a ring trigger, which not only fires the gun, but also advances the cylinder when it is cycled back and forth. This is what gave the revolver the "Walking Beam" moniker. The hammer itself is a simple single action lock type, which is released when the ring trigger is pulled back hard against the release button.The cylinder also had to be removed from the frame to be loaded.

This system was not a great success when up against the Colt Pocket and Colt Navy Model Revolvers of the same era. Having the hammer cycle the cylinder when pulled back made more sense, and the ability to load the cylinder while in the frame was far less time consuming.

Consequently it is a rare gun of developmental significance. This example is well marked and in good condition, cycling correctly and dry firing. The bore is very nice, with little wear, and the revolver does not look to have seen much use in service, as the cap nipples are all clear, and show very little wear.

A very interesting revolver, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: c.1854
Caliber: .31"
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 8 1/2 inches
Action: Single - Percussion Cap
Feed System: 7 Shot Revolver

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