Original British Over & Under Flintlock Double Barrel Tap Action Pistol by Ryan & Watson c. 1770 - 1795
Original Item: One of a Kind. Just received included in a marvelous private collection of Flintlock Pistols. This is an 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 pan safety mechanism rear of the hammer.
The action and barrels are made of iron fitted with a plain slab sided Walnut grip. The left side is marked Ryan & Watson and the other side is marked LONDON. This firm worked from 1765 until the business was closed by their descendants in 1835 when they maintained Shops in both LONDON and BIRMINGHAM. It also has pre-1813 Birmingham Proofs on the bottom of the frame. 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: .43" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Action: Flintlock Top Action with Pan Tap
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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