This is a perfect non-firing copy, with realistic action and a working loading lever, of a handgun that began production as a result of the Civil War. Connecticut transplant Samuel Griswold built a cotton gin factory in Georgia which became the largest producing in the nation, and like many early industrialists, a whole town to go with it (named Griswoldville, of course). The plant was leased to the Confederate government at the outbreak of the war at the behest of Georgia governor Joseph E. Brown and was retooled to produce pistols and munitions.
What they built was this model (the Gunnison in the name came from Arvin Gunnison, Griswold’s business partner), basically a copy of the Colt 1851 Navy revolver, but with a unique brass frame. Brass wasn’t used as a fashion statement or to get around a patent, but because of a steel shortage in the south. These pistols were made there until Griswoldville became the first casualty of Sherman’s march to the sea in 1864.
This replica feels like the real thing, with real wood grips, working parts, and realistic heft and feel. A cool addition to any Civil War collection (unless the collection is parasols or the like) or cosplay outfit.
Cannot be shipped to NJ, NY, or RI.