The Volcanic Repeater is a very important gun in history, if relatively obscure. Based on the unsuccessful Volcanic Rifle, this was a lever-action pistol designed for target shooting. At the time, all other pistols were black powder. A joint venture led to the creation. The Jennings Rifle Company had Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson working for them, and they teamed up on this pistol. This led to the partnership of Smith and Wesson a year later in 1854. Wesson also wanted to use a modified Flobert cartridge, a patent of a rimfire metallic cartridge. The modification led to the creation of the .22 rimfire. Oliver Winchester, one of the company's investors, effectively dissolved the Volcanic Repeating Arms company in 1857, later relaunching the company as the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The Volcanic Repeater mechanism was heavily influential on Winchester's classic lever-action rifles, including the Henry rifle (1860) and the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy". Two of the world's largest gun companies and the world's most popular cartridge are here because of this obscure pistol.
It was manufactured starting in 1853 in .22RF, and .31 and .41 caliber, but these were unpopular due to their unreliability. It was sold with several different barrel lengths including the standard 3 1/2" barrel, a "Navy" variant with an 8" barrel, and a "Carbine" variant with a removeable stock with a 16" barrel.
The Volcanic Repeater and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|For a Few Dollars More||Clint Eastwood||Manco (The Man With No Name)||1965|
|For a Few Dollars More||Gian Maria Volontè||El Indio||1965|
|Magnificent Warriors||Richard Ng||Luk||1987|
|Magnificent Warriors||Michelle Yeoh||Fok Ming-Ming||1987|
|Magnificent Warriors||Tung-Shing Yee||Sky 1||1987|
|Invisible Target||in Cheung Man Yiu's office||2007|
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note / Episode||Air Date|
|The Man in the High Castle||seen on the wall||2015|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|Call of Juarez||"Volcano Gun"||2007|
|Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood||"Volcano Gun"||2009|
|Red Dead Redemption||"Volcanic Pistol"||2010|
|Fistful of Frags||"Volcanic Pistol"||2014|