Antique Pistol with 3 barrels?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by bourbs, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. bourbs

    bourbs New Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    New Orleans
    We have an antique pistol. The strange thing is that it has three barrels? It really is a strange looking thing. I cannot find any information anywhere on a gun like this. Can anyone tell me anything? The handle is rounded wood.
    All I could find on it is the number: 87253A and letters CMC and patent pend.
    I have a great image, but to be honest, cannot figure out how to insert it?

    Tks Bourbs
  2. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    To post a picture here, first sign up here;

    Follow their directions.
    After getting your picture on there, copy the third "IMG" tag that will be under the picture "as is" and paste it here. Would like to see your 3 barrel gun.

  3. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Here's a link to a tutorial on how to post pictures. It is down in the TFF Members Test Forum. It outlines how to attach pictures to your posts, as well as how to link to pictures hosted elsewhere, as pickenup described:

    BTW, welcome to TFF! I'm in SW MS just 3 hours or so from the Big Easy. ;)
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Hi bourbs.......welcome to TFF! :)

    Yeah......we're definitely going to need pictures to identify this one! As many as you can show us. Also, all of the writing on it and where it appears.

    Also any information on the caliber would be helpful. If the caliber isn't marked on the pistol you take a pair of calipers and measure the bore.

    Does it appear to be a cartridge handgun.....or percussion, or what?

    Do the barrels revolve, or are they fixed?

    Any and all information you can give us will help.
  5. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Sounds like a duck foot pistol. Does it look like this? This one is a kit sold by Dixie Gunworks and is a black powder .36 caliber pistol.

    Attached Files:

  6. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    That is what I was thinking it was going to turn out to be.
    We will see if he comes back.

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    I thought a original ducks foot was five barreled, so would a three barreled be a camels toe?????

  8. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Quit thinking. Your meds are too strong! :D :D :D
  9. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    It could also be a three barrel pepperbox or a three barrel derringer.....there are a number of each, both in cartridge and percussion, shown in Flayderman's.
  10. bourbs

    bourbs New Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    New Orleans

    Thanks for the replies. The writing is right under where it attaches to the block that is the extension for the 3 barrels: cmc 87253A pat pend
    I joined with the site that was suggested. Here is the link with some pics:

    I hope this works
  11. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    It is definately a ducks foot pistol. Now to find out some info on it. This may take a few hours as so far I cannot find anything listed under CMC.

    Yo, Xracer, you be better at these than I am! :D :D
  12. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    I'm striking out too. I don't find a "CMC" listed in any of my books or databases.

    The "pat pend" and serial number indicate recent 1968. A real antique duckfoot wouldn't have either one of these.

    I suspect that this was a kit gun like this one:

    .....and that the CMC stands for C (something or other) Machine Company.
  13. bourbs

    bourbs New Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    New Orleans
    Thank you very kindly for the information. Sorry for the late answer. We are evacuated out of the New Orleans area.
  14. mikky

    mikky New Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Hello TFF
    Im new to this forum. Im looking for more antique guns like the one in this thread. Anyone has more good links to sites with pictures and information would be highly appreaciated. I love those old guns and I would like to put together a comprehensive website about them for everybody to enjoy. I found some old stuff here , but it looks like this site is a bit unstable, cause a lot of the links dosnt work :(

    Anyone that has further/better links they can reccomend? Especially with pictures. Those multi barreled guns are awsome! Great stuff! Thanx! :)
  15. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Hi Mikky........welcome to TFF. :)

    Well, the gun mentioned here isn't really an "old gun", but rather, a kit to build a reproduction of an old gun.

    There are a lot of companies out there that make or sell reproductions of antique firearms. Here are a few:

    And if you're interested in doing some reading, I'd suggest the Bible of Antique Firearms, "Flayderman's Guide To Antique American Firearms". You can probably get a copy at your local library or buy one here:
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