Re: Ducks Foot Pistol
I agree, very interesting stuff. Quite a good distraction always.
The duck's foot is sometimes mistakenly called a pepperbox.
The pepperbox was often an elegant little handgun like the one in your photo, or smaller, as you know with 4 or 5 barrels.
But sometimes innovation swung hard on the drawing board.
The first pic...that's a 16 round pepperbox.
The second...that's called a Jones pepperbox. It's a 10 shooter; as 10 barrels welded side by side. It has 2 hammers that alternate and as you pull the trigger they work their way down the staggered nipples.
Not as genius as a Colt, but amazing application anyway.
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