The Whitney Wolverine was designed by Robert L. Hillberg in 1953, during his time in a factory producing machine guns for the P-47 Thunderbolt, before working as a research engineer for High Standard.
The Whitney Wolverine name came from two origins: Eli Whitney, creator of the Whitney Navy Revolver and the original Whitney Arms Inc., and the University of Michigan Wolverines (Hillberg’s favourite American Football team) respectively.
The Whitney Wolverine entered the market in 1956, focusing on the .22 Long Rifle pistol market.
WHITNEY WOLVERINE SPECIFICATIONS:
- Desinger: Robert Hilberg
- Designed: 1953
- First Production: 1956
- Manufacturer: Whitney Firearms Inc, subsidiary of Bellmore Johnson Tool Co.
- Number Built: 13,371 (Approx. 500 nickel-plated models produced)
- Frame Material: Investment cast aluminum (By Alcoa)
- Weight: 23-ounces (unloaded)
- Barrel Length: 4.625-inches
- Overall Length: 9-inches
- Sights, Fixed front sight with drift adjustable rear
- Trigger: Single Action only with an external hammer surrounded by a shroud
- Action: Blowback
- Magazine: 10-round detachable box magazine