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Transitional revolver ID help please.
A friend of a friend has a percussion revolver that we can't identify.  Looks for all money to be a Lang but the top barrel flat is marked "J&B Smith London".  Any help would be appreciated thanks.  Trying to upload pic but can't figure out how??
Many guns, especially shotguns, would be marked by the retailer especially if he ordered a quantity and the maker may have done this for him.

Ok, so I finally added a couple of pics!

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This appears to be a Lang type gas-seal revolver, that is on being cocked the cylinder moves forward so that the mouth of the chamber will enter the cone shaped rear section of the barrel. This should stop a lot of gas escape as well as locking the cylinder in place. This improvement seems to be more theoretical than practical. See the later Russian Nagant 7.62 metalic cartridge revolver.
Some later ones may have been made without the gas seal feature and I'm sure that I have seen ones with a fluted cylinder.
Google "Lang gas seal revolvers" to see pictures. They seem to be quite valuable.

Re the title of this post. "Transitional Revolvers" was, if I am correct, a term adopted by John Nigel George and leads one to believe that they were a logical development of the pepperbox prior to the invention of the "true" revolver as invented by Colt etc. They came into being after the invention of the Colt revolver. When the British public saw the Colts and Adams on show at the Great Exhibition of 1951 there was a demand for revolvers. The quickest way for gunmakers to satisfy this demand without patent infringement was to cut down pepperbox cylinders and have a fixed barrel. They were really a dead end branch of revolver development.


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