Re: Looking for Information/Links - Hopkins & Allen Safety Police
I recently acquired one of those simply because of the interesting action and they way they dealt with the hammer safety problem. That was one of the last new revolvers put out by H&A, and was made from 1908 until the end of H&A in 1915.
They called it the "Safety Police" or "Triple Action"* and made them in .22, .32 S&W and .38 S&W, exposed hammer or concealed hammer. Mine is an exposed hammer type .38, with a 3 1/4" barrel and is near new, in the box. Other barrel lengths were 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 inch. I got it at a good price at a gun show because the seller didn't know what it was.
Like all H&A products, it is quite a well made gun and sold for about the same price ($12) as the comparable S&W.
*The triple action seems to refer to the hammer cam that moves it away from the firing pin when the trigger is released, serving the same purpose as a transfer bar or hammer block.