Patton's New Revolver

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by jacobtowne, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Senior Member

    In 1935, then Lt. Col. George Patton, Jr. ordered one of the newly introduced Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolvers. The first 5,500 guns were custom order, and are called Registered Magnums. They are quite valuable today.

    Patton ordered his with a 3.5 inch barrel, McGivern front sight (after the great revolver maestro Ed McGivern), and sighted at 15 yards. He later added monogrammed ivory stocks.

    First photo is of the original order placed by Patton from Fort Shafter, T.H. (Roy Jinks collection).

    Second photo shows Patton in North Africa carrying the S&W Magnum in his right holster (Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. National Museum of Cavalry and Armor).

    Photo source: Smith & Wesson by Roy Jinks and Sandra Krein in the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing.


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  2. adrian roberts

    adrian roberts Senior Member

    What does the order mean by a 'six o'clock hold' vs a 'dead-center hold'?
  3. nolanbuc

    nolanbuc Senior Member

    What does the order mean by a 'six o'clock hold' vs a 'dead-center hold'?

    They are terms for sighting a rifle or pistol.

    "6 o'clock hold" means the gun is sighted "a bit high" so that you will have to align your front & back sights with the bottom (i.e. - 6 o'clock position) of the target area to hit it dead on. This is suggested for target shooting, because the entire target remains in view just above the sights.

    "Dead-center hold", as the name suggests, means the sight are adjusted to align with the center of the target area. This is supposed to be best for defensive shooting, although it makes it harder to center the target side-to-side. It is the usual setting for pistols, so it's not surprising that Patton chose this setting.

    Of course, these settings are precise only for a certain range.
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class="j hc">"They're Ivory, Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse or a tin-horn gambler would carry a pearl-handled pistol." </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>- Patton. (Or George C. Scott. :wink:)
  5. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Is there any record of Patton actually using the guns (other than on the shooting range)?
  6. adrian roberts

    adrian roberts Senior Member

    I'm sure I read many years ago that Patton's pearl (or ivory?) -handled revolvers had been auctioned, and one of them had two nicks in the butt.

    In the film, George C Scott portrays him shooting two mules, but I can't remember him actually shooting any people.
  7. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    He shot at a Heinkel too in the film :lol:
  8. MikB

    MikB Senior Member

    "Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse or a tin-horn gambler would" cut a notch on his pistol for a goddamn mule... :D


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