In 1851, Colt began sales of one of its most popular guns, the Navy .36. The nickname came from the scene, engraved on the cylinder, of a battle between ships of the Texan and Mexican navies. The Navy was renowned for its balance and pointabil-ity. Combined with the light recoil, this made it a favorite for accurate shooting, but it was not notably powerful. The Navy was a favorite sidearm of the Civil War and early gunfighters. Robert E. Lee kept one in his saddlebags; Wild Bill Hickok kept a brace in his sash. Colt favored this gun as a presentation piece. Elaborately engraved and stocked guns in plush-lined cases of the finest woods were sent as gifts. Usually they went to monarchs, ministers of war or senior officers who might slip a lucrative contract to Colt. The Colt «Army» .44 of 1860 was a Navy frame with .44-caliber barrel and rebated cylinder. Use the same stats, except Rcl is -2.

Adams 54-Bore 16 2d-20 11 2 120 1400 2.5 6 10 -2 400€ -1

Available for sale in England in 1853. One of the first true double-action evolvers, that could be fired by trigger pressure alone or by cocking the hammer first. (Earlier Adams «selfcocking» revolvers, available from 1851, looked much the same but could fire only by trigger action.) This was the typical English revolver, as the single-action Colt was the typical American revolver. The British tended to favor lighter loads than Americans for revolvers in the same caliber, hence the lesser damage. The Adams put 11 grains of powder behind a ball that the Colt Army launched with 28 grains. Similar revolvers were available in .36 (2d-3), .32 (1d-2) and .500 (2d). The British called .500 caliber 38 bore, .442 54 bore, .36 100 bore and .32120 bore. Basically similar Adams revolvers were made for cartridges from 1867. They were side-gate loading with rod ejectors. The .450 Adams was the British service revolver in the 1870s and '80s. (Dr. Watson's «old service revolver» was probably an Adams .450.) Cartridge .450s have the same stats as caplock .442s. .380s have the same stats as .36s and .320s have the same stats as .32s. A gunsmith can convert any Adams from caplock to the corresponding cartridge in one day at a price of 5€. Adams revolvers were license-built or copied in Belgium, the United States, Austria and Prussia. They could be found almost anywhere in the world.

Weapon Malf. Dmg. SS Acc. 1/2Dmg. Max. Wt. RoF Shots ST Rcl. Cost HO

S&WNo. 1 crit. 1d-1© 10 1 50 900 1 1 5 6 -1 200€ +1

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to conceal and it could be loaded and holstered w a month later. It was also made, from 1857, in .32

A genuinely history-making gun on its introduction by Smith & Wesson in 1854, it was the first rimfire revolver and it introduced the .22 rimfire cartridge, the most widely distributed cartridge of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was neither powerful nor accurate, and it took a long time to reload. (The cylinder had to be completely removed, and the empties punched out one by one.) It was easy ith a betting chance that it could be drawn and fired Rimfire (1d damage).




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