A near new condition Whitney Wolverine pistol is up for auction at the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction House. The pistol has a 10-round magazine and a four-and-a-half-inch barrel.
The .22 caliber gun was manufactured from 1955 to 1962 by Whitney Firearms Company. Robert L. Hillberg designed the pistol, and more than 13,000 of them were made.
The left side of the pistol is marked WHITNEY, and the right side is marked WHITNEY FIREARMS INC., NEW HAVEN, CONN., U.S.A.
In an August 1956 edition of Guns magazine, a write-up described the pistol as visionary, and compared it to Buck Rogers’s ray gun. Buck Rogers was a fictional space opera character popular at the time.
“In the shadow of the brownstone ruins of Eli Whitney’s old mill near New Haven, Conn., is rising today a gun factory dedicated to the highest principles of modern design, translating into the field of firearms the swept-back, streamlined styling of the newest jet planes,” says the August 1956 Guns Magazine article.
The Rock Island Auction House estimates the price of the Whitney Wolverine at between $1,100 and $1,400. The pistol comes with a reproduction Whitney Wolverine box as well as an instruction sheet and warranty card.