Letters from Malifaux
While owning firearms is legal everywhere in Malifaux, openly carrying them is another matter. In public spaces, and certainly in the lands around the city, the wearing of a sidearm or stylish small sword is considered not only normal, but an essential part of a gentleman or lady’s wardrobe. However, in places such as government buildings and the occasional private business such as banks or some public houses, openly wearing a weapon is strictly forbidden for all except bonded law enforcement officers. Even in these law-abiding and urbane establishments, your personal defense should be your utmost concern despite claims to the contrary, which is why we present the Blackheel & Doyle Model 9 Pocket Revolver.
There is some dispute over the ancestry of the both the terms “Gatling” and “Derringer,” but nobody will argue with you about it when you produce this masterpiece of compact engineering. The latest Blackheel & Doyle pistol isn’t a true revolver. Rather, it uses the same chain ammunition found in heavy service artillery, although on a much smaller scale.
In place of a cylinder, this weapon contains a nine round drum that is replaced after use. When the rounds are spent, simply remove the drum and replace it with a fresh one. It might take an afternoon to refill a half dozen drums, but the time gained reloading in a firefight is well worth the elbow grease! The Model 1 also has an optional sterling thumb crank, which can be used to discharge all of the drum’s ammunition in just a few seconds.
The Collier Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver, more commonly known as the Third Model Rough Rider, was the Collier Patent Firearms Company’s third mass produced
revolving pistol. A successor to the massive and troublesome Walker Collier, the Rough Rider is a hardy and reliable single-action cap-and-ball revolver chambered in .44 caliber.
Surpassed in number only by Collier’s Navy revolver, the Rough Rider’s sturdy construction has been in production for nearly twenty years. A great improvement over its predecessor, the Third Model Rough Rider is a handsome pistol with classic lines that invoke another age on another world. It looks just as a pistol should, as if waiting for a famous gunfighter or bold-hearted cowboy to pick it up and take action.
Perhaps the most famous and important revolver made to date, Collier’s patent Single Action Army, also known as “Lawmaker,” is called “the gun that won the Breach” with good reason. The first metallic cartridge revolver produced by Collier, and one of the first mass produced metallic cartridge firearms, the legendary Lawmaker has been carried by Guild agents, criminals, preachers, scoundrels, and countless common men and women. First
produced in 1871, the design has changed little since its introduction. Simple and elegant in appearance, and rugged in construction, the Lawmaker is a single-action weapon that
chambers six metallic cartridges in a fixed cylinder. In its time on the market, this pistol has been offered in countless calibers, barrel lengths, and finishes. Indeed, of the countless Lawmakers currently in existence, no two are identical.
Collier’s 1851 Navy Revolver is second only to their Third Model Rough Rider in longevity and popularity. Officially called the Collier Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Caliber (.36) and first produced in 1850, the Collier Navy was designed to be easier to use and carry than its sibling the Rough Rider, and more powerful than Collier’s numerous small caliber pocket pistols. Countless famous gunfighters have carried Collier Navy revolvers over the years, a testament to their ubiquity and their performance. Despite the Navy designation carried
by these fine pistols, they were never officially purchased by or issued to any modern naval forces. Instead, the name comes from the detailed sea battle lovingly engraved on the cylinder of each weapon in honor of the Guild’s victory over the Mortez on the Island of Alcatraz.
These innovative pistols were first designed and patented by Dr. LeBlanc of New Geneva, New Mexico in 1856. Produced in relatively small numbers in Paris, as well as by license in the United States and Great Britain, Dr. LeBlanc envisioned his new pistol as a standard issue sidearm for Rough Riders and other types of cavalry troops. Intended to be used on horseback to give a cavalry trooper more firepower than the already popular Collier Rough
Rider, the single-action LeBlanc features a nine round .42 caliber cap-and-ball cylinder that rotates around a single round 16 gauge smoothbore muzzle-loading shotgun barrel. The Guild is proud to offer a limited number of detachable carbine stocks for the LeBlanc revolver. Made of the same polished walnut as the handgrips with brass fittings, these stocks attach to the grip by way of sturdy set screws to help give the shooter better accuracy over longer distances. The stock is hollow and contains a small tool kit used to mount the stock and to maintain the weapon in the field.
Designed for royalty by the Ganten brothers, the creators of the mighty Mosh-Ganten Model 1891 rifle, these powerful revolvers are the pride of the Imperial Army’s officer corps. Like all arms produced by Mother Russia, the M1895 is overbuilt and incredibly sturdy, designed to weather the savage Russian climate and still provide power and performance with little to no maintenance. Chambered in the powerful, proprietary 7.62×38R Ganten round, these double-action solid frame revolvers carry seven rounds in
their heavy cylinders. The M1895 also features an innovative gas-seal system that seals the cylinder to the rear of the barrel providing a boost in muzzle velocity and making the weapon quieter than others of its size and caliber. Accurate, reliable, and easy to handle, the Ganten is perfect for the man or woman in Malifaux who needs to carry heavy firepower in a relatively small package.
First produced in 1870 by the Weshorn & Smitte company specifically for military contract sales, the famous No. 3 is a nearly direct competitor for Collier’s Single Action Army. Well respected for its power and durability, the No. 3 is a single-action, top break revolver chambered in W&S’s powerful .44 round. Numerous local variants of this weapon were licensed, and the No. 3 has seen action on battlefields all over Earth. Indeed, a special variant called the No. 3 Russian was built specifically for the Imperial Russian Army. While officially produced for armies in North America, South America, and Europe, many fell into the hands of civilians and outlaws and as such have quite a checkered past. No matter what variant or model, these guns are quite powerful and have excellent handling characteristics. Their seven inch round barrels make them very accurate at all ranges, and the spring-loaded extractor in the cylinder immediately ejects spent brass upon opening the gun, making for faster reloads.