(# 46)+++++ I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO INITIATE THE BIDDER SCREENING PROCESS BECAUSE OF TOO MANY "DEADBEAT BIDDERS" PLACING BIDS ON EXPENSIVE ITEMS AND THEN NOT PAYING FOR THOSE ITEMS. PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY AT 386-749-4104 OR THROUGH THE AUCTION ARMS "ASK THIS SELLER A QUESTION" LINK FOR AUTHORIZATION TO PLACE A BID IF YOU DO NOT MEET BIDDER SCREENING REQUIREMENTS AND WANT TO BID ON THIS ITEM. PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE. TWO(2) PAYMENTS IN 30 DAYS, THREE(3) PAYMENTS IN 60 DAYS, UP TO 10 PAYMENTS IN 270 DAYS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT USING THIS PLAN, PLEASE CALL ME AT 386-749-4104. CONTACT ME FOR PLAN CONFIRMATION BEFORE PLACING A BID.+++++ This auction is for a Merwin, Hulbert & Co. beautifully refinished nickel-plated with artificial Ivory grips Single Action "Open Top" First Model Frontier Army with matching assembly numbers in .44 Russian caliber with 7" barrel. This Merwin is so "drop dead gorgeous" that it appears to be in almost new condition! The original lanyard ring is still attached to the bottom of the grip frame. This revolver has been professionally restored both inside and out. The excellent job of refinishing the nickel plating on this Merwin was done prior to my obtaining it, so I do not know who actually did this work. Whoever did it, it is of superior quality. The Merwin, Hulbert name and patent date stampings on top of the barrel are still sharp and clear. There are no caliber markings on the frame. It appears that the scoop-fluted 1 1/2" cylinder was originally chamber in .44MH (the proprietary .44 Merwin Hulbert cartridge) caliber. The cylinder has been rechambered to the .44 Russian caliber. The rifling in the barrel is clear, with no craters or deep pits. The internal repair and restoration work, along with the rechambering to the .44 Russian caliber, was done by a very reputable and well known gunsmith who is acknowledged as one of the preeminent gunsmiths in America today, Mr. David R. Chicoine, author of the book GUNSMITHING GUNS OF THE OLD WEST-FIRST and SECOND EDITIONS. This Merwin is now in fantastic mechanical operating condition. During the repair work, the refinished nickel plating found on the hammer had to be removed so as to rebuild the firing pin to the proper dimensions. The hammer was then blued instead of nickel plated. Some specks of the removed renickeled finish can still be seen in the blueing on the hammer. (See pictures) This does not detract from the overall appearance of this Merwin. A change was made in orientation of the two(2) screws which indicate that this is a First Model Merwin revolver. The rearmost screw of the two(2) over the back of the left side of the triggerguard was inserted from the opposite side, so that there is no confusion as to whether this is an original condition Merwin or not. (See pictures) This change clearly shows that this Merwin has had significant repair work done on it. This is not an original condition Merwin, and this change should help reduce the chance of it ever being misrepresented as such. The lockup of the barrel/cylinder to frame is tight. The hammer and trigger mechanisms function as they should. The chambers and bore are all in very good "shooting" condition. I have safely fired several hundred rounds of TEN-X AMMUNITION through this old restored revolver with no problems whatsoever. The specific cartridge I have used is the .44 Russian BPC (Black Powder Cartridge) 200 gr. (grain) RNFP. (Round Nose Flat Point) These cartridges are actually loaded with Hodgdons Triple 7 (777) black powder substitute powder, which produces a good cloud of authentic looking "smoke", but is easier to clean than regular black powder. These cartridges function perfectly in old Merwins and are not hard on them, as they are made to be as close as possible to the original factory loaded cartridges used in these revolvers when they were originally made in the mid-late 1870s. I consider this Merwin to be a "shooter" and have used it as such. It is priced accordingly. Why buy a mangled clunker in original condition to shoot when you can own and shoot this beautifully restored Merwin? If this old First Model Frontier Army were in all original condition and looked and functioned this good, it would easily be a $15,000.00 revolver. If you are looking for a great looking old Merwin which you can actually shoot, here it is! It also displays incredibly well. $50.00 S&H and insurance. Bank check or postal money orders only. Payment due within seven(7) calendar days of end of auction. My item listed description is detailed and accurate. As with any used or antique firearm, I take no responsibility for its' functionality or safety after leaving my possession. It is the buyers' responsibility to have this antique revolver inspected by a qualified, competent gunsmith before attempting to shoot it. WITH BLACK POWDER LOADED CARTRIDGES ONLY, OF COURSE! This revolver is antique, so it can be sent directly to the winning bidder in most states without the need of a FFL holder to transfer it to the winning bidder, per Federal law. However, some states' laws require that even antique firearms have to be transferred by a FFL holder. It is up to you to know the requirements of your state as to whether you can receive this antique revolver directly or whether you will need to find a FFL holder to receive it and legally transfer it to you. Additional fees accrue if a FFL holder is required on my end. A copy of your state ID showing your name, current address and that you are over 21 years of age is required, along with a signed statement that you can legally own this antique firearm in your state.
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