There was a double action revolver in the Civil War?
There certainly was, and the Starr percussion revolver was a force to be reckoned with.
This double action cap and ball revolver was at the forefront of technology.
When many think of black powder revolvers many think of the old single action only variety. Having to cock the hammer for each shot was slow and the slow shooting soldier using is could become a casualty quicker.
Enter the double action Starr revolver. This black powder revolver of the Civil War would shoot as fast as you could pull the trigger. It fired as quick as a modern day double action revolver. That was until you had to reload of course in the age of loose black powder, round balls and percussion caps.
The Civil War brought quite a change in war technology and tactics. The Starr double action revolver played a historical part in this military transition.