By Lars Dalseide | January 5 2012 16:54

Smith & Wesson Volcanic Pistols are among the most prized collectables in the firearms community

Smith & Wesson volcanic pistols
  A Smith & Wesson volcanic pistol on top & a New Haven Arms pistol on the bottom.
Smith & Wesson's Volcanic Pistols weren't all that popular when they hit the marketplace back in the 1850s, but they're a big fan favorite these days in the collector's circles. That's why the boys at NRANews were more than happy to find one when they followed NRA National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica to Tulsa to film this week's episode of Curator's Corner.

Based off the designs of American inventor Walter Hunt, the production of the volcanic pistol was, in the words of Supica, pivotal.

"It was the first use of self-contained ammunition (the rocket ball) instead of the standard ball, powder and primer, the first Smith and Wesson partnership, and the first use in lever action mechanism," said Supica. "Ultimately the venture failed and they sold the patents to a shirt manufacturer by the name of Oliver Winchester. As most people know, Winchester soon got out of the shirt business and made pretty good use of those patents."

For more of the story on Smith & Wesson's volcanic pistol, tune in tonight at 10:40 p.m. as Supica is joined by Don Kull of and Executive Producer John Popp at the Tulsa Arms Show on or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.


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