Original U.S. Remington Elliot's 1861 Patent 4 Barrel Pepperbox Tip-Up Pistol - Serial 17286
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fascinating small handgun, intended for personal protection that started production right at the height of the Civil War in 1863. Ideal for Gamblers and Travelers alike, this was easily concealed had a capacity of four shots that could be easily discharged by way of a Ring Trigger. The pistol features black wood ebony type grip plates, with the the metal finish now turning blue/grey, all in all in very nice condition.
These pepperbox pistols were introduced to directly compete with the Sharks & Hankins and Sharps 4 barrel pepperbox pistols, which featured a similar rotating firing pin. However, the Remington Elliot is a double action only design, with a unique ring trigger and no external hammer. This reduced chances that the pistol might catch on clothing.
The pistol is well marked, with serial number 17286 marked on the bottom of the barrel, on the frame inside the breech, and on the rotating firing pin assembly. The full Remington name and address down one side of the barrel cluster:
MANUFACTURED BY E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION, N.Y.
and on the right side is the full Patent information:
ELLIOT'S PATENTS MAY 29 1860 - OCT.1.1861
Unlike many other pepperbox pistols, this design does not have a rotating barrel cluster. Instead, the rear of the action has a rotating breech block, which moves the rimfire firing pin 90 degrees each time the trigger is pulled. The barrel cluster also "tips up" when unlocked by the small catch on the underside of the barrel, which is how the gun is reloaded. This design does not have any type of built in ejector.
Very nice and rare. Ready to display from the Old West and houses of ill repute.
Years of Manufacture: Made 1863-1888
Caliber: approx .32"
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 3 1/4 inches
Overall Length: 5 inches
Action: Double Only - internal hammer
Feed System: 4 Shot Pepperbox
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