Hawes Firearms Co. weapons

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2015-06-26 11:02:10

Hawes Firearms Co. weapons are firearms produced by the Hawes firearms company between the 1950s and late 1960s/early 1970s.

Background and Description

The Hawes Firearm Company were a major American importer of European firearms during the 1950s and 1960s. Hawes were the first importer of JP Sauer & Sohn firearms into America. JP Sauer & Sohn are the oldest firearms manufacturer still active in Germany.

Hawes contracted with manufacturer JP Sauer & Sohn, Germany, to produce a series of single action guns in several calibers known as the Marshall series. These were mid range quality firearms made cheaply in Germany while the German market was undervalued, and sold on to Americans under an American brand.

They also contracted with Italian manufacturer Galisi to import small .25 semi automatics. They are likely to have imported guns from several other European manufacturers and sold them under the Hawes name to the American market.

Hawes revolvers did not have a hammer block, and therefore often fired unintentionally if the chamber beneath the hammer was loaded and the hammer suffered an impact. They were sued for this lack of a safety feature many times, and stopped importing firearms into America as a result.

Collecting Hawes Firearms Co. weapons

These guns are quite rare and hard to find. They will mostly be available through second hand stores and trading forums. They are not antiques and therefore not as valuable or sought after as some firearms.

The Marshall series came in several designs, such as the Western, the Texas, Montana, Silver City, among others. This was sparked by a popularity of cowboy style guns following a spate of spaghetti western movies. Hawes guns were in fact used in many of the 1950s-70s cowboy western movies, as they were cheaper to acquire than Colts.

They are nickel plated.

Value

Around $50-$300 dollars depending on condition.

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Timber

2020-07-03 18:45:54

I have a western marshall, where would I find grips that fit? Or would I be better off having some made?

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tyler

2020-01-14 02:42:52

I have been cataloging my guns,I went to this site for more info on my Hawes ,Western Marshal. This is the frist revolover ever bought over 40 years ago.I used to shoot s.a.s.s. and this was my back up gun. Old Reable.

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Rmasters3

2019-07-26 12:51:01

AAJoel, I expect to buy a Hawes Diplomat later today, can you provide more information about Hawes? Any idea who made the Diplomat for them, I hear Bernadelli and another Italian maker. Thanks

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AA Joel

2019-02-04 22:17:58

I was the Hawes factory rep 1968-1972 in the Pacific Northwest. George and Martha Hawes were wonderful people. All of the Hawes SA revovlers were no nickle plated. The Texas Marshall was full nickle, the Silver city was partial nickle. The Western Marshal (most popular) was blued. The devaluation onf the dollar against the German mark is what killed sales. The German guns became more costly than Rugers. Fond memories!

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poppajoe

2015-06-26 11:02:10

I am looking for Hawes six shooter cylinders for 22 & 22 mag




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