Original British Over & Under Flintlock Double Barrel Brass Tap Action Pistol by Richard of London c. 1780
Original Item: One of a Kind. Just received included in a marvelous private collection of Flintlock Pistols. This is a lovely brass over and under pistol with 3" turn off barrels for loading. On the left side there is a switch so one can decide which barrel will discharge. The pan has a rolling compartment each to serve one of the barrels so effectively the shooter has a second shot at his disposal directly after the first barrel has been fired. They would also choose to fire both at the same time. This type of mechanism is known as a "tap action," and while most were 2 barrel, there were even examples made with 3 or 4 barrels. There is also a slide safety mechanism rear of the hammer, which locks the pan closed as well as holds the hammer at half cock.
The action and barrels are made of brass, with a rounded side Walnut grip that has some very nice wire inlay work. The right side of the box lock is marked RICHARD and the other side is marked LONDON. There were numerous London gunsmiths with the surname Richard / Richards, so without initials it is hard to tell which one it is. However it is definitely a high end quality piece of work.
This pistol was made between 1770 and 1795 and was perfect for an overcoat pocket for self defense or for a serving Officer to carry concealed in case of emergency.
In very nice condition possibly 250 years old and still in very good order and condition. Ready to display.
Year of Manufacture: circa 1770 - 1795
Caliber: .45" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8 1/4 inches
Action: Flintlock Top Action with Pan Tap
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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