Category: firearms

Engraved German schuetzen rifle given as honor…

Engraved German schuetzen rifle given as honorary award in 1906.

from Rock Island Auctions

Flintlock rifle decorated with gold and mother…

Flintlock rifle decorated with gold and mother of pearl, from the Moscow Armory, circa 1670-1680.

from The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Silver niello miquelet pistol, the Caucasus, c…

Silver niello miquelet pistol, the Caucasus, circa 1860.

from Hermann Historica

Turkish miquelet rifle decorated with silver, …

Turkish miquelet rifle decorated with silver, copper, and red coral, late 18th or early 19th century.

from The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Ornate gold inlaid Turkish miquelet tufenk, 18…

Ornate gold inlaid Turkish miquelet tufenk, 18th century.

from Hermann Historica

Factory engraved Steven’s Ideal No.51 breechlo…

Factory engraved Steven’s Ideal No.51 breechloading target rifle, late 19th century.

from Rock Island Auctions

The Silver and Fletcher Royal Irish Constabula…

The Silver and Fletcher Royal Irish Constabulary Revolver,

The Royal Irish Constabulary was the main national police force of Ireland during British rule. The RIC was armed with the Webley and Scott No. 1 RIC revolver, a double action centerfire cartridge revolver chambered in .450.  In the late 1880’s a few hundred RIC revolvers were outfitted by Silver and Fletcher with their rare self ejecting system.  The hammer was removed and replaced with the Silver and Fletcher mechanism. A mechanism is connected to the hammer so that when the revolver is cocked, a hook type ejector at the top of the frame slides under the rim of the empty casing, ejecting the spent brass out of the loading port. The hammer also worked as a safety, if pulled back and rotated horizontally, the firing pin was withdrawn rendering the revolver inert.

The downfall of the system was that the loading gate had to be open in order for it to work. Keeping the gate closed and unloading it after firing by dry firing the pistol was not that much faster than just using a revolver with a regular loading gate. In addition, by the 1880′s revolvers with break open actions were becoming popular, and by the 1890′s swing out cylinders would common, making the system obsolete.

Algerian miquelet musket, 19th century.

Algerian miquelet musket, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Wire inlaid gold accented pair of flintlock pi…

Wire inlaid gold accented pair of flintlock pistols, Turkish, late 18th or early 19th century.

from Rock Island Auctions

Matchlock toradar musket, India, early 19th ce…

Matchlock toradar musket, India, early 19th century.

from The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg