Gettysburg Framed Display with Confederate Cap & Ball Pistol Replica, #27-368.
Gettysburg Framed Display
- We've mounted this Griswold and Gunnison Confederate-made cap and ball revolver replica on a pine plaque with routed edges, in your choice of light or dark-finished wood. The set includes spring-loaded bullet hangers that allow you to easily remove the gun to test its working loading and firing mechanisms, and just as easily replace it on the plaque. The replica is made of metal (zinc) with a real wood grip, and is 13.5" long, weighing just a little over 2 pounds.
A vintage engraving of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, a crossed saber cavalry insignia pin and brass identification plate complete this framed set. To order, click "add to cart", then choose light or dark finish wood from the drop-down options list.
HISTORY: Operators of a cotton gin factory before the War, Griswold and Gunnison was one of only three manufacturers who took advantage of the interest-free loans and generous contract terms the Confederate government offered to southern factories who would convert their facilities over to producing sidearms for the Confederate Army. Of the three, Griswold and Gunnison was the only company that achieved any success as gunmakers.
In 1862, the Confederacy gave them the go-ahead to produce as many pistols as they could, to supply troops that were carrying everything from Colt dragoons to antique flintlocks, but the South never caught up to the North in sheer numbers of armaments, owing to a dire shortage of raw materials.
The Griswold and Gunnison pistol was a near-exact copy of the .36 caliber percussion cap and ball 1851 Colt Navy revolver, except it had a brass frame instead of steel--due to the scarcity of metals in the south--and its barrel was round rather than octagonal. It was a good quality weapon, but the factory was only able to produce about 3600 pieces before it was destroyed by Sherman during his 1864 march through Georgia.