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Wolverine: The coolest gun of 1955

Springing from the mind of storied firearms inventor Robert L. Hillberg, the Wolverine fit its era when it came to aesthetics, with a dynamically contoured design and sweeping lines akin to the exotic race cars of the day such as the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti and Mercedes-Benz W196 — but in an 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 Company in 1955 in Hartford, Connecticut, as an ode to famous Industrial Revolution kick starter Eli Whitney.

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

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