Hopkins & Allen XL Navy Rimfire .38 Service Revolver

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At the top end of Hopkins & Allen’s revolver line were the XL Navy, XL Police, and XL-8 Army. We covered the Army in a separate video, and today we are looking at an XL Navy. This was a .38 caliber rimfire revolver with a 6-shot cylinder and a 6 inch barrel. It was single action only, with a pivoting ejector rod – so in general a rather early or conservative design. The XL Police was the same gun, but with a shorter 4 inch barrel. These were good quality guns and handled well, but were a victim of Hopkins & Allen being pigeonholed as a cheap low quality brand. Less than a thousand of each pattern were made between 1877 and 1885 when produced ceased.

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