Is the 48-Shot Enouy the Most Unusual Revolver in History?

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By Rick Lisson via wideopenspaces.com

At first glance, the Enouy revolver seems to be some kind of steampunk weapon with lots of imagination and little practical use. But this is a real firearm from the past, with an interesting history. The innovative revolver was patented by Joseph Enouy of Middlesex, England in 1855. A compound magazine wheel with eight different cylinders spun on a rod attached to the butt and a bracket from the underside of the revolver barrel. Each cylinder held six shots . . .

With that much metal, the revolver was very heavy and unbalanced, making accurate shots difficult at best. Additionally, the large compound magazine wheel made it impossible to carry in a holster, which meant you had to lug it around. For these reasons, the revolver was a flop. There are no records of it ever being manufactured or sold commercially.

But you’ve got to hand it to Joseph Enouy for creativity.

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  1. avatar BK Kaumar says:

    Now that is a BBQ gun

  2. avatar Edeco says:

    Revolver^2

    1. avatar Joe in CT says:

      Revolver^8

  3. avatar 7.62x54r says:

    Did Joerg Sprave’s great grandfather help design this?

    1. avatar Felix says:

      +1 power drill

  4. avatar Rich K. says:

    I once saw a photo of a 20 shot pinfire revolver, but it was just one BIG cylinder. Looked like they cut back on the weight by welding individual chambers in a ring, then attaching a back-plate with a hole for the cylinder arbor. It would still be ungainly as heck, though…

    1. avatar Rich K. says:

      Another exists with two barrels and a somewhat different cylinder arrangement:

      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/192528952797241025/

  5. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Revolverception

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    A revolving revolver?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      More like a revolting revolving revolver, I fear…

      1. avatar Jo says:

        Revolveing ception

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      A planetary revolver?

    3. avatar Swarf says:

      It’s revolvers all the way down!

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    It’s certainly the ugliest.

    1. avatar Tom W. says:

      Takes wheel guns is real guns to a whole new level.

  8. avatar William says:

    He’d have had a market for it if he scaled it up and offered it as a naval or coastal weapon firing 1-lb or similar shells.

  9. avatar jwm says:

    Cap and ball era. Lots of convoluted designs to get large capacity and rapid reloads. God help you if you get a chain fire with that monster.

    If I had a bucket list of firearms to try I’d like to try the LeMat.

    1. avatar Kapeltam says:

      A chain fire would be quite spectacular to witness though. At a distance. With a ballistic shield for protection.

    2. avatar Swarf says:

      A modern DA/SA version of the LeMat in .357 around a 20ga would absolutely be the wasp’s nipples.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        It would send bloomberg and camp into an epic fit. Reason enough to want one.

    3. avatar Felix says:

      I have a LeMat replica. You know how you grease the loaded chambers to prevent chain fire? I did not grease the shotgun chamber because, well, shotgun. But I stupidly thought to save the shotgun for last after the 9 .45 chambers, because it spreads so much (30″ pattern at ten feet, IIRC) that I figured it should be the last chance shot. Mistake! The shotgun chain fired and the recoil kicked it up so much that the hammer bit me and gouged out a chunk of flesh. I can’t imagine how it would be if any of the chambers had chain fired too.

  10. avatar Cj says:

    Let’s see: 6×8=48? Probably not legal in Mass… although… it does get past magazine requirements I imagine. Still, the only way I’d want to fire one would be at the end of a really long string. And preferably around a corner. I bet Ralph has one in a closet somewhere.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      I bet Ralph has one in a closet somewhere.

      Yup, and I bought it new. 🙂

      BTW, since it’s pre-ban, it’s legal.

  11. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Not even close.

    The Webley-Fosbery Auto-cocking revolver is, by far, the most unusual revolver in history. By far.

    Being a gunsmith who loves to study how machinists made gun parts in the days before NC/CNC machining, the W-F revolver is an incredibly audacious piece of machining.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      A semi auto revolver certainly does rate a second look. I understand the WF was chambered in .455 Webley and some sort of .38 caliber, tho I wouldn’t swear to the second one.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        You are correct. The W-F semi-automatic revolver was available in .455 Ashley with a 6-shot cylinder and also in .38 with a 8-shot cylinder.

        But the design wasn’t robust enough for the mud and grime of the trenches in the Western Front and also needed a strong wrist to make the action cycle properly.

        When clean and used properly, they had a very good reputation for accuracy.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Limp wristing was a thing way back then, also.

    2. avatar actionphysicalman says:

      I am going to have to go ahead and disagree with you here. At 1 – 4750 the math is clear – the Enouy is less usual.

      1. avatar tmm says:

        but i’m going to call the 48 shot Enouy more unusual

    3. avatar jwm says:

      After taking a second look at the picture, would I be correct in assuming that beast is double action only?

    4. avatar Stinkeye says:

      It’s a one-off hack job, but Maurice the FrankenRuger has to be more unusual than the WF. A single-action, magazine-fed, auto-ejecting revolver? Come on!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4XtVldNbO4

      Then there are the Dardick revolvers, with those goofy-ass “trounds”.

    5. avatar Timmy! says:

      I so want a Webley Fosbery to go with my red diaper suit and thigh-high boots!

      http://theretroset.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/tumblr_mi1aw5zMmu1rstmyio1_1280.jpg

  12. avatar Cliff H says:

    Perhaps if he had just…Oh, never mind.

  13. avatar AnotherAZguy says:

    Had never seen one of those before, thanks! Pretty crazy, but pretty cool too.

  14. avatar Steve says:

    Don’t tell the antis, next they’ll be calling to ban assault revolvers.

  15. avatar PTM says:

    It sure has to be in the top ten “most unusual” … that’s really bizarre and awesome all at the same time.

    I’m going to consider one for my CCW.

  16. avatar barnbwt says:

    That’s a hell of a price to pay for not losing your spare cylinders…

  17. avatar wyoranchhand says:

    Queue Xzibit meme….

  18. avatar Bob says:

    Vertical foregrip and a stock and then we are talking.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Then it would look like something a coyote would order from Acme.

  19. avatar Matt says:

    There’s a Nerf gun based off the revolving revolver, and it happens to have a vertical fore grip that some of you above me have mentioned..
    http://nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-zombie-strike-doominator-blaster:19D1B84B-5056-9047-F572-F4176559AB6D

  20. avatar Silver says:

    I guess Borderlands 2 guns aren’t so weird in comparison.

  21. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Nevah been done befoah!

  22. avatar Swarf says:

    I’m having Enouy ennui.

  23. avatar Jeremiah says:

    Make it bigger, mount on swivel, could’ve been a great success.

  24. avatar Joe R. says:

    It should, at least, make everyone aware, that FU can come out of nowhere, and be completely non-conspiratorial [the maker of that pistol was clearly thinking FU on somebody]. Therefore you should not let youself fall for any singular, or conspiratorial attempt to bind your hands againdt such possibilities.

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