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


By Rick Lisson via

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.


  1. avatar BK Kaumar says:

    Now that is a BBQ gun

  2. avatar Edeco says:


    1. avatar Joe in CT says:


  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:

  5. avatar Vhyrus says:


  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!

      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!

  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..

  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.

  25. that is why I have been saying buy ammo. I have the right to protect myself and if you don’t like it tough $hit.
    The 2nd Amendment was put into the Constitution so the people could protect themselves from a corrupt government. No double standards put DC politicians on Obamacare and SS.Thanks for your support and vote.Pass the word.

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