Original Rare U.S. 19th Century Sharps Model 4A "Bulldog" .32 Rimfire 4 Barrel Pepperbox Pistol - Serial 1775
Original Item: Only One Available. This is exactly what the Mississippi gamblers carried on the River Boats after the Civil War for self protection. Featuring FOUR barrels, each in .32 Rim Fire that fired individually by way of a single action hammer with a rotating firing pin. Easy to conceal, these were very popular.
The barrel easily removed by pulling down the button on the left side of the frame and sliding the barrel off forwards for reloading with the hammer in the half cock position. The underside of the barrel is marked with serial number 1775 on the dovetail, which is also marked on the grip frame under the grip scales. This is an all-matching example of the rare Sharps Model 4A "Bulldog" Pistol, of which less than 2000 were ever made.
The pistol is marked on the side of the lower frame:-
C. SHARPS PATENT
JAN. 25. 1859
Overall metal finish is still quite nice, with a bright steel frame and a lot of the original bluing still present on the barrel. We have only had two of these rare pistols previously, and this example is definitely the best in terms of exterior condition. The bird's head grip is very nice, and appears to be walnut, with a great deep brown color.
The rotating internal firing pin works well on this example, and the action works great. The bores on the barrels are all clear, and still have clear lands and grooves, with mostly bright finishes. The pistol does not seen to have been fired very much during its life, making it a prime example.
An interesting stepping stone in 19th Century American firearms. In very good condition and ready to display.
Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber: .32 Rimfire
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 2.5 inches
Overall Length: 4 3/4 inches
Feed System: 4 Barrel Pepperbox. Rotating Firing Pin.
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