Estherville Rotarians Thursday caught a glimpse of the OK Corral when Doc Sievert offered an informative talk about handguns of the Wild West from their beginning until today.
Sievert classified the Western-style revolvers that you now see as one of three types:
Doc Sievert showed Estherville Rotarians Thursday a variety of revolvers — ranging from black powder to modern semiautomatics.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Unfortunately, it can be difficult for even experts to determine which are which. For example, Sievert showed one revolver once deemed fake that could very well be original.
Revolvers made a big leap from the black powder guns of the Civil War, evolving into the Peacemaker. Sievert's oldest model was an 1848 Dragoon cavalry gun.
Sievert also talked about a Tri-S gun safety he's invented that's virtually invisible from the outside of the gun, preserving its value while still making it safe.