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Remington-Beals pocket revolver.

Q: We have what I believe to be a Remington-Beals No. 1 revolver. It has been to a gunsmith and had parts fabricated to make the cylinder rotate, as they were missing. We were told that it is shootable, but it is unlikely that it will be shot, at least by us. What would the value be in this condition? Do you think you could shoot it?



A: You definitely have a Seals' First Model Pocket revolver. Some 4,000 or so of these interesting little .31-caliber five-shooters were made between 1857 and 1858. The distinguishing feature of the Beals' Pocket line (ultimately there were four variants) is the external pawl that rotates the cylinder. Your pistol has seen better days. There appears to be no finish, and from what I can see, I would recommend against firing it. Value on the piece is in the $350 to $500 range.

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Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Aug 17, 2017
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