Original U.S. Sharps Model 1A .22 Rimfire 4 Barrel Brass Frame Pepperbox Pistol with Decorative Grips - Serial 8726

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 silver plated frame and lovely decorative 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 8726 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 .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 plated  brass frame in circles around the hammer axis screw. The right side reads:


While the left has:


Overall metal finish is very good, with a lot of the original blued finish on the barrel assembly. The frame still has much of the original silver plating, with wear through in the usual spots that see the most wear. There is some lovely tarnishing and patination on the plating that remains. The flat bottom grip is very nice, with two lovely decoratively molded "gutta percha" grip scales that look great, with no major chips or cracks. They display foliate designs and flowers, nicely embossed, looking great while making the pistol easier to hold onto.

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. In really great condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1865
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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