Original U.S. Underhammer Percussion "Boot" Pistol as used by Gamblers - circa 1835 - 1840
Original Item: Only One Available. Here we have a favorite of American Gamblers during the mid 19th Century, an underhammer percussion "boot pistol". These were easily concealable, and the lack of a hammer on the top of the pistol, combined with the curved "bag" grip, made them very easy to remove without snagging on anything.
This pistol is of a very simple design, with a 4 inch part octagonal "cannon" style barrel, which has a six-groove rifled bore of about 0.35", and an overall length of 9 3/4 inches. The lock design is quite simple, with just a spring loaded hammer and trigger, which serve as the tumbler and sear as well. There is no provision for a half-cock or any type of safety, just a notch on the hammer where the trigger locks into.
Condition is very good, with lovely wooden grips retained by a screw through nickel escutcheons. It does have a small front and rear sight attached to the top, and we cannot find any markings whatsoever on the pistol, even under the grips. The metalwork has a nice dark matured patina, with some rust scaling near the muzzle.
In fine overall condition, ready to display!
Years of Manufacture: circa 1835-1840
Caliber: About 0.35"
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Overall Length: 9 3/4 Inches
Barrel Length: 4 Inches
Action: Percussion Under Hammer
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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