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Adams Revolver

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Adams Revolver.
Adams M1851 Infantry revolver - .440
Adams Mk II revolver - .450 Adams
Adams Mk III revolver. circa 1868
Beaumont-Adams Percussion Revolver - .442 ball

The Adams percussion revolver was the brainchild of British gunsmith Robert Adams, who received a patent for a new revolver design in 1851. The gun was a .436 5-shot DAO solid-frame revolver with a spurless hammer. The East India Company was the first to put the new revolver into service. British officers often purchased the Adams revolver privately while the Army waited until 1857 when an improved Beaumont-Adams version was adopted. Ten years later, it was replaced by .450 6-shot breach loading version, designed by Robert's brother John Adams. Several 5-shot .36 caliber Adams revolvers were produced under license by Massachusetts Arms Co. in the United States starting in 1858.

Unusually for a firearm of their age, screen examples will likely be originals as reproductions were nonexistent till 2023, when Avancargas Arsa of Spain began a small run of handcrafted reproductions. However no firing scenes with an Adams are known to exist from a 21st century production, presumably due to this scarcity and age.


Adams Revolver

(1851 - ????)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .440
  • Weight: ?
  • Length: ?
  • Barrel length: ?
  • Capacity: 5
  • Fire Modes: DAO

Beaumont-Adams Revolver

(1856 - about 1880)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .442
  • Weight: 2.4 lb (1.1 kg), unloaded
  • Length: 11.25 in. (286 mm)
  • Barrel length: ?
  • Capacity: 5
  • Fire Modes: DAO

The Adams Revolver and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Capt. Grant's Family (Deti kapitana Granta) David Gutman Major Mac Nabbs 1936
The Mysterious Island (Tainstvennyy ostrov) Ivan Kozlov Tom Ayrton 1941
Hannie Caulder Robert Culp Thomas Luther Price 1971
The Headless Horseman Eslinda Núñez Isidora Covarubio Beaumont-Adams 1973
Aleksandr Milokostyj Henry Poindexter
How the West Was Won Gregory Peck Cleve Van Valen 1985
Far and Away N.Y.C. Irish thug 1992
Pawnshop (Lombard) 2013
True History of the Kelly Gang Seen on Sgt. O'Neil's nightstand 2019


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Sherlock Holmes Nigel Stock Dr. Watson Mk II or Mk III; "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (S02E04 and E05) and "The Sign of Four" (S02E15) 1968


Film Title Character Note Date
Princess Principal Ep. 03; Beaumont-Adams 2017

Video Games

Title Appears As Note Date
Assassin's Creed Syndicate "1856 Revolver" Beaumont Percussion variation; incorrectly depicted as holding 6 rounds. 2015

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