Thread: 1800's .44's
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Old August 5, 2012, 12:47 PM   #21
Mike Irwin
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Several times here I've made the case for the most popular "cowboy" revolver being a cheap .32 or .38 break top or solid frame made by one of the many companies that were around at the time.

S&W made over half a million small-frame break tops and solid frames.

Many of those were made after the age of the cowboy had passed (same with many of the other manufacturers like H&R and Iver Johnson, but they were still in abundance.

My Greatgrandfather was a cowboy in the Dakotas at the tail end of the old west age, 1895 or so.

His cowboy revolver was an H&R .32 S&W hammer model break top.
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