General George McClellan’s Gun??

KMcClellan24

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Hello All! My last name is McClellan and I’m “supposedly” related to General George McClellan. I’m posting to find out more information about him, but most importantly we have a gun that has been passed down that’s supposedly his gun. I’ll attach a picture. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!
 

Mark A

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I agree with JOHN42768 that your revolver is an Allen & Wheelock (made from 1858 - 1861) but a 31 caliber Pocket model rather than the 36 caliber Navy model. Looking at your photo I see that the cylinder isn't quite indexed properly. If the cylinder was in proper battery it appears that it is a Pocket model 5 shot cylinder versus the Navy model 6 shot cylinder.

Navy model - top
Pocket model - bottom
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RobertH

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Nice looking revolver and story. Have you every sat down with your oldest family member for a full story?

How did the Allen & Wheelcock cylinder pistols come to be with the Colt revolving cylinder patent being in place? Was the Colt patent expired at that point?

I have a few Allen pepperboxes, and I've read a couple times that the Pepperboxes (1845ish) came about because of the Colt revolver patent. Hey, any Allen Pepperbox parts out there?
 

Pete Longstreet

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Interesting story and that's a great piece of family history. If you do a search... you'll see there's lots of information about McClellan on this forum.
 

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