Original U.S. Civil War Era .31cal Percussion Volley Trap Pistol by North & Couch circa 1860

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Made by NORTH & COUCH of Middleton in Connecticut and patented on June 29th 1859. These are very unusual and now quite rare. Intended for either personal defense or to be used as a "TRAP GUN" it is constructed utilizing SIX clustered .31 Caliber barrels that discharge all at once in one volley. The weapon resembling a revolver has a percussion hammer and a sheathed trigger that can be discharged by hand.

Alternatively there is a central axis pin in the center of the barrel cluster with a ring to the front. If this is set up with a trip wire attached to the ring, the weapon immediately fires all six charges simultaneously. Originally intended for game it was used as a Man Stopper too. In nice condition, the barrel cluster still showing the "1859" Patent date, but other markings, never very deeply embedded, have worn away. Even excellent examples are difficult to read.

Complete with original walnut grips, fully functional. The barrel cluster needing to be totally removed to reload. At present the barrel cluster is frozen, and cannot be unscrewed from the body, probably due to dried grease and oxidation.

No doubt used in the Civil War as an ALARM GUN, this is a very interesting and rare weapon. Ready to Display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber: .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 1 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 6 inches
Action: Single Shot
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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