Volcanic Repeater

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Volcanic Repeating Arms Pistol - .41
Volcanic Repeating Arms Pistol with factory engraving - .41

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:


Title Actor Character Note Date
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

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Gun 2005
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

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