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.
A rare factory engrave Moore No.1 derringer presented to Mexican President Benito Juarez, circa 1862.
Estimated Value: $10,000 - $20,000
An engraved and gold inlaid copy of a Sharps four shot derringer, produced by Fabrica Euscalduna of Placencia, Spain, circa 1860’s.
The Tiny Praga Model 1921 pistol,
Produced by the Czech company Praga Zbrojovka in 1921 and 1922, the Praga Model 1921 was one of the smallest common semi automatic pocket pistols ever produced. Its only had a 2 inch barrel, with an overall length of 4.21 inches and weighing in at only 12 ounces. To make this tiny little peashooter even smaller, the Model 1921 featured a folding trigger rather than a trigger guard. Using a detachable magazine, it could hold six 6.35mm Browning (.25 ACP) cartridges. One other interesting feature was an indentation machined on the slide. The purpose of this was so that the user could work the slide with the use of his or her index finger.
While a unique design, the Praga Model 1921 was not a commercial success due to competition from various other pocket pistols. In addition, the pistol was so small that it was often difficult to hold, aim, and fire it and it suffered from reliability issues. Only 8,000 were produced before Praga retired the Model 1921 and produced other models.
The Velodog Revolver,
A creation of the French pistol maker Charles Francois Galland in the late 19th century, the Velodog was a small pocket revolver popular in France and Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th century. While there were many makers of Velodog revolvers in Europe at the time, most share common characteristics. First, they were small five or six shot double action revolvers, often hammerless and lacking a trigger guard. Instead of a trigger guard, for the safety most Velodogs had a folding trigger, which also made the pistol more compact for carrying. Secondly, most Velodogs were of small caliber. At first they were produced in a caliber called 5.75 Velodog, a 5.5mm (.22 caliber) jacket cartridge similar to the .22 magnum today. Later Velodogs were produced in other small calibers such a .22 long rifle and .25 ACP.
The purpose of the velodog was very specific, for bicyclers to defend themselves against dog attacks. The name “velodog” is a portmanteau of the words “velocipede”, an early type of bicycle (pictured above), and “dog”. While this may seem laughable today, remember that at the time, bicycles were crude, slow vehicles and that 19th century Paris was infested with thousands of dangerous, rabid dogs. For those seeking a more humane solution, 5.75 Velodog cartridges were produced loaded with cayenne pepper.
Cased pair of ivory handled percussion pocket pistols, originates from Belgium, mid 19th century.
A pair of folding trigger pocket pistols crafted by Nicolas Noel Boutet celebrating Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign. Dating to 1804, these pistols were originally flintlock but converted to percussion later in Boutet’s life.
Cased and engraved Remington derringer with ivory grips, late 19th century.
Excellent condition Remington Elliot derringer, mid to late 19th century.
Factory engraved Sharps 2A four shot derringer with carved pearl grips featuring the Turkish Imperial Crest. Produced between 1859 and 1874.
Spanish made ”Le Novo” style folding pocket revolver, late 19th century.
Scarce “Little All Right Firearms Company” .22 caliber palm pistol.
Estimated Value: $1,400 - $2,250
Engraved Sharps breechloading pepperbox pistol, mid 19th century.
An engraved Kolb Baby Hammerless pocket revolver.
Colt Model 1908 pocket pistol engraved by William H. Gough, circa 1917.