The Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co. was founded by a group
    of New Jersey businessmen in 1856. Their goal was to take advantage
    of Colt’s patent for revolving firearms that was due to expire in 1857.
    The founders hired Thomas Bacon to became the Superintendent of

    Manufacturing began in Norwich, Connecticut and in 1859 moved to Newark,
    New Jersey.  Thomas Bacon remained in Norwich and started his own
    firearms company.  During their existence, Manhattan Firearms produced
    approximately 175,000 pistols. Only Colt, Remington, and Winchester
    produced more guns during this era in which included the Civil War.

    While waiting for Colt’s patent to expire, Manhattan first made copies of
    American firearms that no longer had patent protection. These included
    pepperboxes and various single-shot designs. Shortly thereafter, they
    turned their attention to making Colt-style revolvers in both the .31 caliber
    Pocket and .36 caliber Navy styles. Manhattan patented an extra set of
    cylinder safety notches on these models. Manhattans can be easily
    identified by the many notches on their cylinders.

    After the Civil War, Manhattan production primarily consisted of a copy of
    the Smith & Wesson .22 caliber cartridge revolver and a single-shot boot
    pistol under the name "HERO". Manhattan changed it's name in 1868 to
    American Standard Tool Company and began to market industrial tools as
    well as firearms. American Standard Tool closed during the financial panic of

    Manhattan Firearms also manufactured guns under the trade names “Hero”,
    “London Pistol Company”, and “American Standard Tool”.
Inscribed Manhattan Navy
Inscription reads  
“presented to sheriff J.T.
Carr by citizens of Laramie
Co WYO Terr”
Manhattan Firearms Manufacturing Co.
(circa 1856 to 1873)
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the Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Company.

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website. Check out the "guide percussion" and "guide cartridge" buttons for help
identifying your Manhattan firearm. The "pictorial index" button shows detailed
photos of lots of Manhattans! Double-click all photos for a larger look.
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The most asked question by my friends and fellow collectors is what kind of email do you get
from your Website? The ones I like the most are the stories of how someone got their
Manhattan.  Here is an email I received that has won my award as best email ever!
Thanks Kenneth for letting me share your email.  This is a great Manhattan story.......

comments = Nice web site!  My Manhattan is a Navy series III serial 16490 in similar condition to the ones
you have pictures. The story that goes with mine is somewhat unique. My Great great Great Grandfather
was taken prisoner at Shiloh, when he was later traded for he was given a matched pair of Manhattans.  
He later gave one each two his two sons, his oldest son moved to California and later lost his Manhattan in
the fire which destroyed San Francisco.  The other son hid his in the barn of the family farm in Iowa.  This
son would become Adjutant General for the State of Iowa and would return and reclaim this pistol years
later.  This would be handed down to his son, then his son, then my father and now myself.  
I always thought this a nice family story until recently finding my Grand fathers WWII diary where he
describes meeting his great Uncle who describes this story at length.  His story was different only in the
fact that he added that these guns were given to him by his (friend) the president Abraham Lincoln. He
also stated the Lincoln and My GGG Grandfather communicated a number of times during his
imprisonment before he was able to arrange a prisoner exchange to have him released.  These letters
were supposedly lost in the great fire.  We have verified that My GGG Grandfather did know the Vice
President and that Lincoln was practicing Law in the same area that he was stationed in the 1840. Now
whether this is the rantings by an old man shortly before his death or not, it is a fun story.
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Please email me a photo of your Manhattan if you get a chance. I never get
tired of seeing a new one. Email to Also I am
helping a Manhattan Firearms researcher in a study of barrel lengths of Pocket
Models and Navy Models. If you would like to help please email me your Model
number,Serial number, and Barrel length and a brief description.

I have so far answered every email to me! But I get a few that did not put their
return email address or it is incorrect. If you did not hear from me,
please write again!!!

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This is one of my
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McCalebs Navy


I have retired and followed the American dream
and moved to Florida!!  I have collected Manhattans for 40 years
for my retirement someday and that day is finally here!!!

The Collection of Fine Manhattan Firearms
are being auctioned
in two Amoskeag Auctions
Auction number 105 on March 28th and 29th, 2015

and Auction number 106 on June 6, 2015

Auction catalog is now online.