Lang percussion revolver

A pair of Lang percussion revolvers, c.1850.
Collection of J. Bell.

Joseph Lang was an English gunsmith who made percussion revolvers from around 1850 to 1860. These revolvers were of the "transitional" type; that is, they used a pepperbox-style frame with a conventional revolver cylinder and barrel. Lang made his revolvers in single-action only, some with fluted cylinders and some with smooth cylinders. The hammers had three bents: safety, half-cocked and fully-cocked. Typically Lang revolvers were made from steel and silver.

Lang revolvers can be identified by markings on the barrel, reading J. LANG, 22 COCKSPUR ST., LONDON.

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