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The short piece we included under the Last Word banner in Volume 17 concerning the brief lexicology of terms grounded in the language of rearms was sent to us by Wayne Driskill who, as many of you are aware, deals in miniature firearms and knives. To pick up some of the pieces to be found wherever Wayne sets up shop is to marvel at the skill of the artisan who has doubtless spent considerable time in replicating famous and not so famous weapons to a small – sometimes incredibly small – scale....
IN A WORLD WHERE COLLECTIBLE ARMS CAN REACH SIX FIGURES IN VALUE THERE ARE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, AREAS OF COLLECTING THAT ARE STILL AFFORDABLE. THIS COLUMN WILL REGULARLY FEATURE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION THAT ARE INEXPENSIVE, FUN, CHALLENGING AND HIGHLY REWARDING IN COLLECTOR SATISFACTION.
It does not take long to count the great Bowie's extant, which are housed by metallic sheaths. e number of those made of silver & gold (washed), are even smaller. Chevalier, Dulho, Price, Rose, Schively and Will & Finck name a few of the most popular makers that excelled to that quality. Only the nest of Bowie's sport this rare and nished accouterment to the accouterment. A metallic sheath signifies a statement by the maker that this specimen is of the highest quality and my best eort...
Much of the lore of Colt early rearms is made of conjecture rather than documented fact, so when additional facts emerge, a whole new part of the story is revealed. The Colt Dragoon revolver is a popular piece with collectors and always elicits interest as new facts are presented, especially so since many records were lost in the factory re of 1864. Here is a little bit of the Colt story.
One of the great rarities in gun collecting is the Shawk & McLanahan Navy Revolver. So few exist and so little has been written about them that many collectors of American percussion pistols have never seen one or perhaps have not known what they were looking at if they did. This article will attempt to update what has been previously written and hopefully add to the interest of this extremely rare American percussion revolver.