(Not exactly) Made in Connecticut: Smith & Wesson Model No. 1, Third Issue

Model No. 1, Third Issue

Model No. 1, Third Issue

Why “not exactly”?  Before Smith and Wesson established their eponymous company in Springfield, Massachusetts, they had a factory in Norwich, Connecticut where they intended to manufacture the lever-action Volcanic pistol.  They sold their interest to a new company, the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, who moved the factory to New Haven.  Smith and Wesson both worked for Volcanic for a while, before returning to Smith’s hometown, Springfield, Mass.  The rest is history.

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Follow up on Yesterday’s Public Meeting

From the Hartford Courant – Bill Banning Large-Capacity Ammo Clips Draws Heat At Hearing

The money quote:

“This bill is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to a terrible incident in Tucson, Ariz.,” said Leonard Benedetto, vice president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which has more than 1,300 members. “I am a law-abiding gun owner with no criminal record, yet this bill is trying to turn me into a criminal.”

This knee-jerk legislation has been proposed and knocked down in a number of states since the shooting of U.S. Representative Gifford in Arizona. I’m relieved that there’s been such push-back on this, but we can’t stop paying attention, because our opponents are relentless.

From The Coalition of CT Sportsmen – Public Hearing Information

This post is from an email from Richard Millo at Valley Firearms – I’m posting it in it’s entirety to help get out the information to as many Connecticut firearm owners as possible – I’m also correcting the oversight and adding both Valley Firearms and the Connecticut Coalition of Sportsmen to our resources page.


Great idea, just post it as is, maybe put a link to the Coalition.You may want to encourage folks to visit/join the CT Coalition of Sportsmen, if it were not for Bob Crook, we would have no gun rights left in CT, the page is here…http://www.ctsportsmen.com/

thanks,Hopefully this bill won’t get any further.Rick

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Made in Connecticut: Colt’s House Pistol

Colt Cloverleaf

Colt Cloverleaf

Also known as the Colt Cloverleaf, the Colt House Pistol was a small 4-shot single-action revolver chambered for .41 short/long rimfire.

Available with 1.5″ and 3″ barrels, this gun was designed to fill the same role as a derringer: small personal protection, but with greater ammunition capacity.  The frame looks like bronze; there were nickel-plated versions available.  The blued versions, and the models with the short barrel, carry a high premium.

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The Shape of Things to Come

New .44 Bulldog

New .44 Bulldog

Charter Arms has been back in business for a while.  They have been making new versions of their classic .44 Bulldog and a variety of other models of revolver as well, including a single-action .22 mini-revolver.

Most models are stainless (some versions are available as blued), but they now make some aluminum-framed guns and some DAO models.  All have rubber grips and underlug barrels.  They also offer a wide assortment of special finishes for their guns (“The Pink Lady”, “Goldfinder”, etc.).  To be honest, some of the finishes are a bit over-the-top in my opinion.  But variety is the spice of life.

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