Category: pistols

Engraved and silver plate Colt Bisley single a…

Engraved and silver plate Colt Bisley single action revolver with ivory grips, manufactured in 1901.

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Savage and North Figure 8 percussion navy revo…

Savage and North Figure 8 percussion navy revolver, circa 1850′s.

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Engraved and gold plated Colt New Line pocket …

Engraved and gold plated Colt New Line pocket revolver with ivory grips, produced in 1875.

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A pair of all metal three shot percussion pist…

A pair of all metal three shot percussion pistol crafted by William & John Rigby of Dublin, Ireland, circa 1830′s.

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Releif engraved Robbins & Lawrence pepperb…

Releif engraved Robbins & Lawrence pepperbox revolver with ivory grips, mid 19th century.

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Silver niello miquelet pistol, the Caucasus, c…

Silver niello miquelet pistol, the Caucasus, circa 1860.

from Hermann Historica

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 The hammer also worked as a safety, if pulled back and rotated horizontally, the firing pin was withdrawn rendering the revolver inert.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.

Wire inlaid gold accented pair of flintlock pi…

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

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Spectacular cased and gold damascened English …

Spectacular cased and gold damascened English Deane & Adams percussion revolver with carved ivory grips mounted with rubies. Presented to His Excellency the Maharaja Rahm Singh by Lt. Governor of the Northwest Provinces John Russell Colvin, 1853.

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Savage Navy percussion revolver, circa America…

Savage Navy percussion revolver, circa American Civil War.

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