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Old February 23, 2012, 10:26 AM   #2
Mike Irwin
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Nope, S&W never made percussion revolvers.

Horace Smith & Daniel Wesson partnered in the early 1850s to produce one of the earliest US-made cartridge guns, the lever-action Volcanics.

These used a hollow-base bullet, into which was loaded a powder charge and a primer.

The concept was largely a failure, and the company came under the control of Oliver Winchester, who would take lever-action concept and run with it.

Smith & Wesson a few years later founded their company, and shortly afterwards began producing guns for a cartridge patented by Smith (I think it was Smith), the .22 Short rimfire.

And the rest, as they say, is history.
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