Not to be outdone, in 1856 Smith and Wesson teamed up to develop the S&W model No. 1. As Samuel Colt’s revolving cylinder patent had just expired and having purchased Rollin White’s bored-through cylinder patent, S&W was ready to introduce a .22 caliber rim fired cartridge handgun. This 7 shot revolver was loaded via a tilting barrel that pivoted just in front of the cylinder. This .22 fired a 29 grain bullet pushed by 4 grains of black powder and would eventually be the same approximate size as what we refer to as a .22 Short. Admittedly this caliber doesn’t have to power of a .44 ball round but the mere fact that it could be reloaded quickly and was easy to slip into a pocket makes it worthy of a look. Many a lawman and criminal alike carried the 1856 in a pocket or boot.
About The Author:
Charles Bennett was born in our Nation's Capital and grew up in the Maryland suburbs. Mr. Bennett has been working in all aspects of the publishing industry since the late 1980s primarily in the fields of commercial photography and magazine production. Moving to California in 1992 to attend college resulted in B.F.A and Masters degrees. California also supplied Mr. Bennett with his wife. The two of them are avid sports persons and participate in shooting, scuba diving, surfing, running and bicycling. As a long time hobby Mr. Bennett has studied the legends of American law enforcement which led to his writing these columns.