Help in identifying this pistol.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Larryco50, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Larryco50

    Larryco50 New Member

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    When my father passed away I came into possession of this pistol. I have no idea of its history or anything else for that matter. I was told this forum might be the best place to get some information. I am told you guys can be very helpful.

    Larry

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  2. jack404

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    G'day and Welcome Larry !

    the pic's are a might smallish but it looks like a box lock weapon of about 1830's onward till about 1860 or so , but thats a guess based on the pic's

    does it have a screw off barrel ? are there any markings? ( proof or makers marks)

    do you have a better pic ? ( sorry but these are a tad small )

    if it is a small box lock ( also known as Muff guns) get ready for a whole chain of jokes ..

    the small box locks where called muff guns as they where often carried inside a muff ( fur tube for keeping hands warm ) and are fairly common still in collections
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  3. Jim Hauff

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    jack,
    I, for one and for a change, will make no mention of the alternate, descriptive term associated with that class of small percussion ignited firearm. This, of course, being a true test of personal will-power, shall, if successful, cause me a great deal of angst.

    Larry, welcome to the forum - post some bigger pics, as Jack was alluding.
  4. Hawg

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    OMG, he said MUFF pistol. Jim, if I had said that would you be holding your tongue?:D
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    Hawgy, old buddy,
    I'm trying to turn a new leaf and be more august and dignified - similar to the demeanor exhibited by the rest of youse dudes.
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    The pics are a bit small--and size really matters when discussing muff pistols.
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    MUFF- I feel better now that I said it....it looks like the barrel may be in one piece,straight muzzle loader.
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  8. Hawg

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    Need better pics. it could be old. new or just fairly old.
  9. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    MUFF GUN
    Dammit, you all made me say it.
  10. Larryco50

    Larryco50 New Member

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    Thanks, I think. lol

    I am sending six more pics that may tell each of you something more I hope.
    These pics are taken with a camera phone, I may have to get my wife to take some pics from her digital camera and transfer them to my computer.

    Thanks guys,

    Larry

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  11. Larryco50

    Larryco50 New Member

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    Two more pics!

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  12. Jim K

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    With no scale, poor pictures and only that description, it is about impossible to determine what it is. (It looks too big to be a NO, I WON'T WRITE THOSE WORDS!!!). It could be a pocket pistol or a belt pistol.

    Jim
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  13. Larryco50

    Larryco50 New Member

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    It is almost exactly 7" long if that helps.
  14. BullShoot

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    With all the stumbling about over the mere mention of a "muff gun" what, pray tell, would be the reaction if we talked about a beavertail stock?

    BullShoot
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    ok later than 1830's maybe a rebuild of a flint action to percussion , but unable to tell more , sorry
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