Original U.S. 19th Century Sharps & Hankins Model 3C .32 Short Rimfire 4 Barrel Pepperbox Pistol - Serial 10661

Item Description

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 Short Rimfire that fire individually by way of a single action hammer with a rotating firing pin. Easy to conceal due to the size and small "spur" style trigger, 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, which also allows removal of the spent cartridges. Unlike most we have seen, there is no automatic ejection system on this pistol. The hammer must be in the half-cock position for the barrels to unlock and slide forward.

The underside of the barrel is marked with serial number 10661 on the dovetail, which is also marked on the bottom of the grip. This is a all-matching example of the rare Sharps & Hankins Model 3C Pistol, a predecessor to the later Sharps 4A "Bulldog".

The top of the barrel assembly has the correct Sharps & Hankins address, which is somewhat faint due to wear and oxidation:


The pistol is also marked on the side of the lower frame:-

JAN. 25. 1859

Overall metal finish is still quite nice, with a lovely worn patina of age from years of use. The frame now has an overall oxidized dark patina, with just a bit of light pitting on the left side of the breech. The barrel has had the original blued finish worn through on the sides, and shows a dark patina in the fluting on the top and sides. The flat bottom grip is very nice, with two lovely walnut grip scales that look great.

The pistol opens and closes for reloading correctly, and the action still works, with a good dry fire. The rotating firing pin is a bit worn, so sometimes it does not advance to the next position while cocking. The bores of the barrels still show the original rifling, but also fouling and oxidation from use.

An interesting stepping stone in 19th Century American firearms. Nice matured condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1864
Caliber:  .32 Short Rimfire
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 3 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 6 1/4 inches
Action: Single
Feed System: 4 Barrel Pepperbox. Rotating Internal Firing Pin.

NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.

  • This product is not available for shipping in US state(s)
    New Jersey

    This product is available for international shipping.
  • Not eligible for payment with Paypal or Amazon


Cash For Collectibles