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by not buying the Rollin White Patent? Think again.

Newly unearthed files reveal a startling story of intrigue, duplicity, and deception.

Colt - Smith & Wesson: A Clash of Arms by Robert Swartz tells the story in a richly illustrated volume
recommended by Dick Salzer, Kurt House, and Art Tobias.

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Thanks, Dave. I have reproduced in the book the document Smith & Wesson submitted to Congress when Rollin White was seeking assistance to have his patent (the one from which S&W made a fortune and to which they had continuing rights) resurrected and extended. Here is a flavor: "We submit that there is no justice and no reason whatever for reviving these old patents. For five years have they been dead . . . they "stinketh." For five successive years have these rotten corpses of what were but abortions of inventions been paraded before Congress, compelling the manufacturers to dance attendance here, spending time and money, to prevent the resurrection of these patents, which it is clear he was never entitled to. Instead of besieging Congress for more favors, he ought to thank G-d for the $71,000 he got for nothing; but instead of that, the fact that he has thus got it seems only to have whetted his appetite." That's a tip of the iceberg.
 

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Rollin White Arms did not produce a gun to Rollin White's specifications in Patent 12648. In fact, no one did because the gun would blow up at the first shot.
 
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