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Shawk & McLanahan

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Shawk & McLanahan   Carondelet St. Louis Missouri 1858 1860
Shawk & McLanahan   St. Louis Missouri 1858 1860

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Founded by Able Shawk and J. K. McLanahan

.36 caliber percussion, 6 shot revolver, 8" round barrel, brass frame, produced in the suburb of Carondelet.

Shawk was an inventor and maker of steam fire engines and it was with his machinery at his two story stone building on Market Street where one hundred of the revolvers were made in 1858. They had solid brass frames patterned after the Whitney and an 8 inch round barrel. The plain round cylinder was six shot of .36 caliber. Some were marked "Shawk & McLanahan, St. Louis, Carondelet, Mo." on the backstrap and others were unmarked except for serial numbers which are all under 100. No patent was ever obtained and only very view examples are known today. It is supposed that Leech & Rigdon, Columbus, Mississippi used the machinery of Shawk & McLanahan.