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H & R Arms Company 'Young American' .22 calibre double-action five shot revolver

2002.0035.0003

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H & R Arms Company 'Young American' .22 calibre double-action five shot revolver

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Physical description

A 'Young American' double action, five shot, .22 calibre revolver. It has a nickel plated frame and cylinder with a black chequered ebonite grips (right side chipped), held to the frame by a single screw bolt. There is a blued hammer, trigger, cylinder pin and trigger guard. The barrel is stamped "H.& R. ARMS COMPANY / WORCESTER. MASS. U.S.A." over "32 S&W. CTGE.", top strap is stamped "YOUNG AMERICA / DOUBLE ACTION" and the serial number "497136" stamped on the butt cap.

Statement of significance

The Stuart Smith collection comprises a 'cane gun' and a Harrington and Richardson Young America revolver that were acquired by Alick and Isabella Smith in the 1890s. They reflect the Smith's concern with personal safety. Alick (1848-1919) was living on Kyeamba station at the time that 'Mad Dan' Morgan was terrorising the district in January 1865. This experience no doubt engendered an acute awareness of personal safety in him.

The use of guns as weapons for personal self-defence is one of the key elements in the ongoing debate about control of the acquisition and use of firearms. The two Smith collection weapons are from a time when controls were much less restrictive than today. The story of their purchase and subsequent use by the Smith family can contribute to the gun control debate.

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