The Civil War was a big part of the McAllister family’s history. My first ancestors to come to the Colonies settled near what is Gettysburg, PA. One of the treasured heirlooms is the service revolver my great-great grandfather carried at the end of the War, as a Union cavalry soldier. He fought the entire War – enlisted at the very beginning, was wounded and captured near the middle, endured about nine months in the Andersonville POW camp, was paroled after losing about 1/3 of his body weight, recovered, and returned to his unit to finish the War. He was a pious, man-of-few-words, bad ass.
While my father has the original revolver, I acquired a recently made replica to be able to shoot one, and this video shows me discharging three rounds. My interest is largely towards gaining a better appreciation of his experiences.
Mine is an Uberti make of the Colt 1860 Army. Chambered in .44. It is cap-and-ball. Loading each of the six chambers in a cylinder is not a quick ...