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Antique Pistols

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by billy_the_kid, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. billy_the_kid

    billy_the_kid New Member

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    Can anybody help me ID these pistols? They've been in the family for a long time, but no one seems to know anything about them.

    First one has a proof mark "ELG"

    I'll take more pictures if needed.

    Thanks!

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  2. rdstrain49

    rdstrain49 New Member

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    I believe they are what is generally referred to as "muff" pistols. Just a W.A.G. You might search "muff pistol" could be interesting.
  3. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Yeah, they're muff pistols. ELG is the black powder proof for Belgium.
  4. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    Not really muff pistols, but still small Belgium made self defence pistols. Value of these type pistols is low, perhaps 100 per.
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Single shot, center hammer whether flint or percussion they're still referred to as muff pistols in most places. That bottom one appears to be a pinfire.
  6. lefaucheux 54

    lefaucheux 54 Member

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    Yes the second picture is a Pinfire pistol

    ELG is the proofmark from Li├Ęge , Belgium
    In a ovale without a crown above = before 1893
    With a crown = after 1893

    If you've a ELG , you must also find a lettre with a crown or a star
    With a crown = before Jan 1877
    With a star = after Jan 1877

    LF
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