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Police Positive .22 Target Model G Revolver

right side

right side

1914; serial number 11400
Owner: shooting champion Dr. Charles H. Wilson
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Engraver: Rudolph J. Kornbrath
Donated by George Gamble

Dr. Charles H. Wilson was a distinguished general practitioner in Pittsburgh in the early twentieth century. He won the United States pistol championship in 1912 and set the indoor pistol shooting record of the world in 1913. Wilson’s deluxe, custom-made Police Positive .22 Target Model G Revolver was engraved by Rudolph J. Kornbrath, one of the foremost arms engravers in the history of American gun making and a contract engraver for Colt from around 1919 to 1937. Profuse oak leaf and acorn engraving can be found throughout, and a CHW monogram is engraved and inlaid in gold on the buttstrap. Colt designed several models specifically for target shooters, and because they took great care of their equipment, these models are often found in excellent condition.

  • left side

    left side
  • butt detail

    butt detail


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