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T.W. Cofer was a Virginian gunsmith who made revolvers for the Confederate cause during the Civil War – although he never had a formal contract with the CSA. His pistols were sold privately to individual soldiers, and in at least one case bought in bulk by a unit commander.
One thing that makes Cofer stand out is that he tried to develop newer and better designs rather than simply copying the existing technology – although the demands of the war forced him to abandon his new ideas. Just a few weeks after the opening of the CSA’s formal patent office, Cofer submitted a patent for a two-part revolver cylinder using self-contained cartridges.
At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!