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    Old Gun Question (My Uncle Found an Old Civil War Era Revo.)

    So my Uncle came across an old Civil War revolver and, of course, sent the family gun-nut on the quest for info. I have no pictures at this point and very little info but figured I would dip into the well of knowledge to see if anybody has any info at this point.

    Below is from the email he sent me.

    "It was made by Allen and Wheelock in Worster Massacusetts and has a
    patent date fo sept 7 and nov 9 1859 (or 1858) It is a center hammer
    lipfire single action army revolver."


    What exactly is a lipfire? I assume rimfire.

    As always thanks.

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    This may be what he has. This is a stock photo from Security Arms.

    http://www.securityarms.com/20010315.../3200/3233.htm
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    "Lipfire" is an old-style priming system sort of similar to rimfire priming, but where the priming compound is placed in a protruding "lip" of the cartridge case; imagine something like a modern 22 LR with the entire rim missing except for about 1/8", only in a larger calibre. At one time, there was a whole slew of these sort of priming systems (teat-fire, cup-fire, etc.), but the only one that has survived to the present is the rimfire.
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