Original U.S. Sharps Model 1A .22 Rimfire 4 Barrel Brass Frame Pepperbox Pistol - Serial 24035

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 .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, and often outfitted with custom options, such as the lovely rosewood grips on this example.

The barrel is slid forward for reloading by pushing down the button on the bottom of the frame and sliding the barrel forwards. The underside of the barrel is marked with serial number 24035 on the dovetail, which is also marked on the bottom of the pistol grip frame. The trigger is marked with assembly number 355. There were several variations on this pistol, including some in .32RF with a longer barrel. This is the model 1A, with the shorter 2 1/2 inch barrel assembly in .22RF Short, light and very concealable.

The pistol is also marked on both sides of the brass frame with the address and patent information in circles around the hammer axis screw. The right side reads:


While the left has:


Overall metal finish on the barrel cluster exterior is a nice polished light gray patina, having faded from the original blued finish from cleaning. The frame has lost virtually all of the original nickel plating, as with many examples we see. It now has a lovely light "mustard" patina overall. The flat bottom grip is very nice, with the rosewood grip scales in very good condition with a lovely color. There is just a bit of chipping at the rear of the grip, with a larger chunk missing on the right side.

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 all are in very good condition, with clearly lands and grooves and a partly bright finish. This pistol still has an intact lock mechanism, that keeps the barrel in place unless the hammer is in the half cock position. Once set correctly, the barrel slides forward correctly when the button under the front frame is depressed, and then correctly locks back into place.

An interesting stepping stone in 19th Century American firearms. In very good collectible condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1870
Caliber: .22 Rimfire Short
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 2 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 5 inches
Action: Single
Feed System: 4 Barrel Pepperbox. Rotating Firing Pin.

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