Bisley Model 1894-1915
Named for target range in Great Britain where their National Target Matches were held, since the nineteenth century. Designed as a target revolver, with an odd humped-back grip that was supposed to better fill the hand while target shooting. Easily identified by wide low profile hammer spur, wide trigger and name "Bisley" stamped on barrel. Bisley production fell within serial number range #165000-#331916. There were 44,350 made. Offered in 16 different chamberings from .32 Colt to .455 Eley. Most common calibers were .32-20, .38-40, .41, .44-40 and .45 Colt. Barrel lengths 4.75", 5.5" and 7.5". Frame and hammer are case colored; remainder blued. Smokeless-powder models produced after 1899 utilized push-button cylinder pin retainer. Grips are checkered hard rubber. This model was actually designed with English sales in mind; though it did sell well over there, American sales accounted for most of Bisley production. Values we provide here cover the standard calibers and barrel lengths. Rare calibers and/or other notable variations can bring greatly fluctuating values.