Today, we’re going to take a look at another pocket revolver, the “Swamp Angel” rim-fire revolver. The original “Swamp Angel” was an 8-inch 200-pounder muzzle-loading rifled artillery weapon used extensively in the Civil War. The Swamp Angel earned its name when, in preparation for the bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina, in August, 1863, Major General Quincy Gillmore ordered the construction of a battery in the swampy marsh near Morris Island. The “Swamp Angel” continued firing for two days until, on the thirty-sixth round, the gun exploded.
The Swamp Angel rim-fire revolver was manufactured by Forehand and Wardsworth in the 1870s. Manufactured in .38 and .41 caliber, this large caliber rim-fire revolver was well-made and accurate. Remember, most of the pocket revolvers we’ve looked at were “suicide” guns—they were as likely to kill the shooter as the target.
The Swamp Angel rim-fire revolver was not only a pretty little gun, she was effective, accurate and well liked.
(Thanks to antiquearmsinc.com for the pic on the right)