The Atomic Age Whitney Wolverine


Whitney Wolverine pistols

From the scores of guns Richard Hillberg worked on in his profession, the Whitney Wolverine was his favored (Photo: Richard Taylor/

From the wide variety of alternatives in the Warehouse, we bring you 1 of the neatest 1950s-era plinkers ever fielded, the Whitney Wolverine.

Springing from the thoughts of storied firearms inventor Robert L. Hillberg, the Wolverine match its era when it came to aesthetics, with a dynamically contoured design and style and sweeping lines akin to the exotic race automobiles of the day such as the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti and Mercedes-Benz W196 — but in an very affordable .22LR pistol.

Hillberg, a Navy veteran who had a hand in some of the most iconic firearms of the 20th Century, struck out and co-founded the brand-new Whitney Firearms Firm in 1955 in Hartford, Connecticut, as an ode to well-known Industrial Revolution kick starter Eli Whitney.

Their flagship gun, billed as “Modern as Tomorrow,” was the Wolverine.

Whitney Wolverine pistols ads

Whitney was a new organization in 1955, and their Wolverine was their signature supplying

For the low-low cost of just $39.95, the Whitney Wolverine was billed as the world’s quickest pointing AND firing pistol with “never prior to possible” monoblock building, and exclusive security features– no additional charge for its Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers ray gun vibe.

Whitney Wolverine pistols side by side

The Wolverines have been absolutely nothing if not eye-catching (Photo: Richard Taylor/

The Wolverine applied a four.65-inch barrel inside an aluminum alloy frame with barrel shroud to make a gun that was a “featherweight” at 23-ounces. Plastic grips and “non recoiling” sights completed the package even though a 10-round single stack detachable magazine was held in spot with a heel release.

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Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, amongst other inventions, and the organization named in his honor only made the Wolverine (Photo: Richard Taylor/

In production for significantly less than a decade, Whitney was gone by 1962 and an estimated 13,000 blued models have been produced– of which we have at least two in stock. The nickel-completed version is considerably tougher to lay hands on, with about 900 created.

The finish of the Wolverine, even so, was not the finish of Hillberg. More than the years, he took out extra than 30 patents even though operating for not only regular gun and munitions makers like Higher Common, Wildey and Olin but also flare gun maker Bellmore Johnson Tool Co, remaining active effectively into the 1980s.

Wolverin patents

Hillberg was issued quite a few patents more than a extra than 30-year profession which includes many for the Wolverine, which was as opposed to something else at the time

He even made a Vietnam-era shotgun intended for guerillas, named the catchy Hillberg Insurgency Weapon, which lived on as the ill-fated Winchester Liberator. A single of his final styles to see production was the COP, a four-barreled pistol chambered for .357 Magnum, which was made by American Derringer.

Just before he shuffled off to the wonderful gun factory in the sky in 2012 at age 94, Hillberg was asked which 1 of his styles he loved the most, to which he replied “The Whitney pistol.”

And it is uncomplicated to see why.

Whitney Wolverine pistols side by side

(Photo: Richard Taylor/

To see extra on’s personal steady of Wolverines, be certain to verify them out and head back from time to time and see what else we have on hand. Also, if you have 1 for sale, we can deal with that, also.


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