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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    Jun 29, 2011
    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

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    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

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    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

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    OMG, he said MUFF pistol. Jim, if I had said that would you be holding your tongue?:D
     
  5. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    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.
     
  6. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    The pics are a bit small--and size really matters when discussing muff pistols.
     
  7. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    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

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Need better pics. it could be old. new or just fairly old.
     
  9. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    MUFF GUN
    Dammit, you all made me say it.
     
  10. Larryco50

    Larryco50 New Member

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    Jun 29, 2011
    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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    Jun 29, 2011
    Two more pics!
     

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  12. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    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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    Jun 29, 2011
    It is almost exactly 7" long if that helps.
     
  14. BullShoot

    BullShoot New Member

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    May 9, 2010
    missouri ozarks
    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
     
  15. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    ok later than 1830's maybe a rebuild of a flint action to percussion , but unable to tell more , sorry
     
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