An interesting percussion carbine originating from Belgium, circa 1840.
An ivory handled and engraved double barrel percussion dagger pistol by Dumontier of France, mid 19th century.
An ornate gold and silver decorated flintlock pistol originating from Dresden, Germany, circa 1730.
Currently on display with the Wallace Collection in London.
The Schuler Reform Pistol,
Produced in Germany before World War I, the Schuler Reform pistol is one of those oddball designs that standout among others. An unusual gun, the Schuler Reform pistol features four barrels lined up vertically in one solid breechblock. The firing mechanism worked much like a double action revolver. At first pulling the trigger merely fired the first round. A subsequent trigger pull lifted the breechblock mechanism so that the next shot was in alignment, then the hammer would strike the cartridge, firing the next round. This process would continue until all chamber were fired, at which point the user could simply remove the breechblock for reloading, then reinsert it for the next round of shooting. By cocking the hammer manually, the pistol could also be fired as a single action. It was chambered for .25acp, a small, underpowered round, but one that was popular in its day for use in pocket pistols. Interesting, as the shooting process continued, spent cartridge casings would be ejected from the force of the pistols discharge in the chambers below it.
The advantage of the Schuler Reform pistol was that it was extremely thin and very light (12oz). Thus it was very easy to carry. However it was not very powerful, had a small capacity compared to automatics and revolvers of its time, and was difficult to aim. Production ended with the start of World War I.
Bizarre and unsual flashlight revolver manufactured by S.P. Cottrell and Sons. Was commonly sold to security guards and police during the 1920’s.
Sold at Auction: $5,500
A French double barrel over and under turn barrel flintlock rifle, circa 1685.
Sold at Auction: $7,000
A lovely percussion jaeger (hunting) rifle crafted by F. Baader of Munich, Germany, early to mid 19th century.