Make: Green River Forge
Model: Hudson Bay Factor’s Pistol
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (per the USPS stamp on the catalog sent to Mr. Hacker with the pistol)
Caliber: .60 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzle Loading Flintlock
Markings: The lockplate is marked “GRF / WATTS”. The top of the barrel is marked “GREEN RIVER FORGE”.
Barrel Length: 7” Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead fixed to the barrel. There is no provision for a rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece smooth oil finished stock has a curved grip as typical on flintlock pistols. A few marks are visible and little evidence of use is apparent. A silver oval monogram plate is apparent on the rear of the grip and a steel belt hook is mounted to the left side of the stock. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Brown with Silver Fitting
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The smooth bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. A few shallow scratches in the finish and light handling marks are visible on the barrel along with finish thinning on edges near the muzzle. Light marks can be found on the lock plate. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer locks securely into half cock and full cock and will fall from half cock, however a manual safety is present which prevents the hammer from falling when activated. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A Green River Forge catalog with a typed letter to Rick Hacker is included. Apparently Mr. Hacker reviewed a Green Valley Forge rifle and this pistol was sent to him as thanks in June, 1976. The pistol is fitted with a belt hook and equipped with a wooden ram rod with brown steel tips.
Our Assessment: Green River Forge was based in the state of Washington during the 1970s. They were American made, hand fitted and known to be excellent firearms. This is a Green River Forge Hudson Bay Factor’s flintlock pistol with a .60 caliber smooth bore 7” octagonal barrel. This pistol was sent to writer Rick Hacker in June of 1976 and is accompanied by a GRF catalog and letter to Mr. Hacker. The pistol is in Fine condition and is still a reliable shooter.