Revival of the 1950s pistol by Robert L Hillberg. Now with a polymer frame and ventilated rib. The magazine shell is all metal for strength and durability. All mechanical parts are contained inside the frame shell and are easily disassembled without tools. Lightweight and fun to use. Points naturally for most shooters.
Whitney Wolverine specifications:
- 4.625" barrel
- 6-groove, 1x16 twist rate
- Uses .22 Long Rifle
- 5.25" sight radius
- Blade type front sight
- Dovetail rear sight
- 10 round magazine capacity
- Black checkered grips
- Length: 9"
- Height: 5.5"
- Empty weight: 19.2 oz.
"After more than 40 years of business, it is with great sorrow that we announce that February 28th, 2017 will be the last day of operation for Olympic Arms, Inc.
The Schuetz family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all their friends, associates, and partners that have been a part of the Olympic Arms experience. Most of all we would like to thank our loyal customers and patrons who have been with us all this time."
I purchased one of the original Whitney .22 pistols in 1964, as the first handgun that I actually owned. My brothers had always let me shoot their handguns but I had not owned one myself. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it but probably something like $20.00 or so would be pretty close. It reminded me of a space gun and when I look at the modern version, it still does.
It was actually a great design. It fit my hand exceptionally well and could be completely taken down without the use on any tool whatsoever. Back then the frame was made from aluminum, pretty unusual at the time, and there was no ventilated rib, otherwise, it looked the same as its modern iteration.
I was saddened to hear of the closing of Olympic Arms but remembering that old Whitney brought back so many great memories.
All my best to the Schuetz family and thanks for all that you've done.