Comparing a real Rogers & Spencer revolver with a modern Pedersoli repro (VIDEO)
Capandball, a Hungarian black powder enthusiast, and collector, puts the Union’s Rogers & Spencer next to an Italian repro side by side on the table and the range.
Originally manufactured in Willowvale, NY late in the Civil War, an estimated 5,800 were produced– but were believed to have come too late to the conflict to actually make it to the front lines. The .44 caliber cap and ball black powder gun was considered accurate, largely due to its long 7.75-inch barrel, but was quickly surpassed by cartridge revolvers that made it obsolete within a generation.
Cap compares a rarely encountered vintage R&S with its modern Italian replica to see how close they really are.