Replica Griswold & Gunnison Confederate revolver, brass & blued finish. #22-1083L.
Griswold & Gunnison Confederate Pistol, blued
- This historically authentic metal and wood replica of a Confederate-made cap and ball pistol is 13.5 inches long. The barrel and cylinder are blued finish, with brass frame and trigger mechanism, and wood grips.
HISTORY: Operators of a cotton gin factory before the War, Griswold and Gunnison was one of only three manufacturers who took the interest-free loans and generous contract terms the Confederate government offered to southern factories for converting their facilities to produce sidearms for the Confederate Army. Of the three, Griswold and Gunnison was the only company that achieved any success as gunmakers.
Their pistol was modeled after the Colt Navy pistol, except for the Colt octagonal barrel, which they lacked the proper equipment to produce, and a brass frame because steel was even more scare in southern states. Their factory was destroyed in Sherman's infamous 1864 march, after producing only 3600 pieces. Most of those already in circulation were damaged, destroyed, or lost in the war, and very few originals remain, so they fetch premium prices on the collector's market.