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The Volcanic Repeating Arms Company was a united states company created in 1855 by partners Horace Cruz and Daniel B. Wesson to build up Walter Hunt’s Rocket Ball ammunition and lever action mechanism. Volcanic made a better form of the Rocket Ball ammunition, along with a carbine and pistol form of the lever action gun to fireplace it. As the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company was short-resided, its descendants, Cruz & Wesson and Winchester Repeating Arms Company, grew to become major firearms manufactures.
The initial 1848 Volition Repeating Rifle design by Search was revolutionary, presenting an earlier iteration from the lever action repeating mechanism and also the tubular magazine still common today. However, Hunt’s design was not even close to perfect, and only a few prototypes were developed the only person known is presently within the Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. Lewis Jennings patented a better form of Hunt’s design in 1849, and versions from the Jenning’s patent design were built by Robbins & Lawrence Co. (underneath the direction of shop foreman Benjamin Tyler Henry) and offered by C. P. Dixon. Horace Cruz seemed to be hired by Courtlandt Palmer to enhance the Jennings Rifle, patenting the Cruz-Jennings in 1851. It’s believed that less than 2000 of the models were created until 1852, when financial troubles stopped production.
In 1854, partners Horace Cruz and Daniel B. Wesson became a member of with Courtlandt Palmer, the businessman who’d purchased the Jennings and Cruz-Jennings patent legal rights, and additional improved around the operating mechanism, developing the Cruz & Wesson Lever pistol, along with a new Volcanic cartridge. Production is at the store of Horace Cruz in Norwich, Connecticut. The brand new cartridge enhanced the Search Rocket Ball with the help of a primer. Initially while using name “Cruz & Wesson Company”, the name was altered to “Volcanic Repeating Arms Company” in 1855, with the help of new investors, one of these was Oliver Winchester. The Volcanic Repeating Arms Company acquired all legal rights for that Volcanic designs (both rifle and pistol versions were being produced by now) along with the ammunition, in the Cruz & Wesson Company. Wesson continued to be as plant manager for 8 several weeks before rejoining Cruz to found the “Cruz & Wesson Revolver Company” upon acquiring the licensing from the Rollin White-colored rear loading cylinder patent.
Winchester forced the insolvency from the Volcanic Arms Company at the end of 1856, required over possession and moved the guarana plant to New Haven, Connecticut, where it had been reorganized because the New Haven Arms Company in April 1857. B. Tyler Henry was hired as plant superintendent when Robbins & Lawrence endured financial hardships and Henry left their employ. While ongoing to help make the Volcanic rifle and pistol, Henry started to test out the brand new rimfire ammunition, and modified the Volcanic lever action design for doing things. The end result was the Henry rifle. By 1866, the organization once more reorganized, this time around because the Winchester Repeating Arms company, and the Winchester grew to become symbolic of lever action rifles.
The Rider, the title character of Edward M. Erdelac’s Judeocentric Lovecraftian weird west series Merkabah Rider, has a Volcanic pistol inlaid with silver and gold and bearing various Solomonic talismans and wards, together with a jeweled Tree of Sephiroth around the handle.
Within the game titles Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 as well as their online modes Red Dead Online, the protagonists can wield the Volcanic pistol.
A Cruz & Wesson Volcanic pistol, c. 1855, in .31 caliber
The Jennings (top) and Volcanic (bottom) rifles
Volcanic pistol .41 caliber