Original U.S. 19th Century Sharps Model 2C .30 Rimfire 4 Barrel Brass Frame Pepperbox Pistol - Serial 7569
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 .30 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 is slid forward for reloading by pushing in the button on the bottom of the frame and sliding the barrel forwards with the hammer in the "half cock" position. The underside of the barrel is marked with serial number 7569 on the dovetail, which is also marked on the bottom of the pistol grip frame. There were several variations on this pistol, including some in .22RF with a shorter barrel. This is the model 2C, with the longer 3 inch barrel assembly in .30RF, for a bit more "punch".
The pistol is also marked on both sides of the brass frame in circles around the hammer axis screw, though the markings are a bit worn. The right side reads:
C. [SHARPS] & Co.
While the left has:
Overall metal finish is a nice gray patina on the barrels, except in the fluted recesses, which still show a lot of the original blued finish. The frame does not appear to originally have been nickel plated, and now has a lovely aged "mustard" color patina. The flat bottom grip is very nice, with two walnut grip scales that look great. The advance lever for the rotating firing pin works very well on this example, and we did not notice any mechanical issues. The bores on the barrels are all clear, and still have clear lands and grooves, with partly bright finishes.
An interesting stepping stone in 19th Century American firearms. Nice matured condition ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber: .30 Rimfire
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 5 1/2 inches
Feed System: 4 Barrel Pepperbox. Rotating Firing Pin.
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