Forgotten Weapons: The Cochran Turret Revlolver

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While I’ve been showing some love to the up and coming C&Rsenal channel, Ian at Forgotten Weapons is not one to be forgotten. Latest in his video series comes from another Auction house, this time Rock Island Auction company where Ian was able to get his hands on the rare Cochran Turret Revolver.

Turret guns are revolvers who have an atyipcal layout. Common revolvers have an axis of rotation parallel to the chamber and barrel of the gun. On a turret gun, the axis of rotation is perpendicular to the chamber. They are a novel solution that caused its own set of problems. Specifically, turret guns are a safety issue in the rare event of a chain fire. With the perpendicular axis of rotation, chambers are pointing in various directions including back at the shooter!

As always, Ian hits the history nail on the head going into detail of Cochran, the designer who created this particular turret handgun. Cochran has a fantastical origin story involving a Sultan, a rotary cannon, and a large bag of gold. This bag of gold was used to finance his development of other firearms including the turret revolver in the series.

Check out the video below and enjoy the true story of Cochran and his turret revolver.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • ItsDrazi

    I would love to see one of the cannons mentioned. Even seeing the technical drawings would be awesome.

    • Suppressed

      Here ya go chief:

      • ItsDrazi

        Thanks!

  • John Yossarian

    I suppose it would be carried with the cylinder flat against the hip. In that case, I’d set mine up for cross-draw carry – So that the handle was facing inward toward me, rather than outward toward my enemy!

  • The Cochran Turret Gun was the cover story for the August 1965 issue of Guns Magazines. It can be read here:

    http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1965issues/G0865.pdf

    • Cochran’s US patents are so early that their patent numbers only have three digits. You’ll have to access them via the USPTO website using the number search feature.

  • Tassiebush

    The risk of this design in a chain fire seems obvious but it’d be interesting to see how damaging those rearward balls/ball/bullet would be given that they’d have to pass through the gun itself.

  • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

    The article´s title sounds a little russian to me. What is a revLolver?