"Austin T. Freeman of Binghamton, N.Y., patented this single-action percussion revolver, December 9, 1862 (#37,091). Freeman had been employed at the Starr Armory and some design features suggest how strongly Freeman was influenced by the Starr revolver.Caliber 44 with a 7 1/2" barrel it fired a self-consuming cartridge or could employ powder and ball.
A unique feature of the Freeman is the way the removal of the cylinder is accomplished. It and the two-part cylinder pin are removed by pushing forward the slide on the right side of the frame and in front of the cylinder.
Only about 2,000 of these revolvers were made in period 1863-64. Those produced initially at Hoard's Armory are marked, “Freemans Patent Dec 9, 1862 Hoards Armory, Watertown, N.Y.”
Most of the known revolvers produced at Hoard's have no serial number. There are no records of any Freeman revolvers ever being produced under government contract. It is likely that many of the 2,000 turned out during 1863 and 1864 were bought by state contracts and private purchase.
Later the manufacturing rights were secured and manufacture continued by Rogers & Spencer of Utica, N.Y."