R. G. Wilson 1860 Army Revolver

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by sourdoughjim, May 16, 2020.

  1. sourdoughjim

    sourdoughjim Member

    May 16, 2020
    Well, I finally got through the obligatory 3 post minimum to post this, and am not complaining. I understand forum protocols as I am on many other BP forums.

    I found this forum today while searching internet archives and came up with this post from 2009 on your forum.


    bprevolver was the username of Dr. Jim L. Davis on many forums back in the day.

    I also came up with this:


    I would like to pick your collective brains for more information about this revolver and the other nine.

    It is a "copy" of a Colt 1860 Army .44 that was entirely handmade by a machinist/gunsmith R. G. Wilson, Fulton MI in the early 1960's. It is serial number 7 with a total of only ten revolvers like this produced by him. It has a two-piece grip, a blued steel trigger guard, a smooth non-engraved cylinder, the wedge (with no spring) enters from the right, and the rammer pivot screw enters from the right (but it is possible to create that by installing the rammer upside down). The existence and whereabouts of the other nine revolvers is unknown to me, the owner, or anyone else to our knowledge.

    It was part of the extensive Dr. Jim L. Davis (RPRCA) collection which was sold to October Country (Idaho) when Dr. Davis passed last September. I saw it on the OC website in early December 2019 but passed on it because of the 2-piece grip, and I had never heard of Wilson or Firearms Specialties prior to that. I mentioned the revolver to a friend on another forum and he purchased it (cased) for $325(!). It has been discussed by Dennis Norton (Cap & Ball Revolvers, Pistols and Rifles Facebook group) who is in the process of obtaining access to Davis' voluminous notes about reproduction revolvers.




    Wilson also created a vastly oversized rendition of the Colt 1873 SAA in .45-70 caliber which weighed 6.5#. Century Arms produced a similar revolver in the 90's.


    Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.


  2. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Missouri Ozarks
    Boy jim, it doesn't look as if you hit a Mother Lode of info on that one. That sure is a nice looking revolver.