Looking for info on cap & ball pistol

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Thom1963, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Thom1963

    Thom1963 New Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    This pistol does not seem to have any distinguishing markings so I have no idea of make, model or age. Appreciate any feedback

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  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    G'day Thom1963 welcome to the forum

    i think this is a Cross these where a kit pistol that where popular in catalouge for home builders to make , prefinished parts

    the same style can be obtained from Dixie gun works but Cross no longer manufacture and where replaced by pedersoli and traditions ( CVA )

    available in the late 60's and 70's .. value there i am not sure
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  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Jack is right, it is not an antique. Value? $50-75, perhaps. People buy those "kits", put the guns together, then find they really have no use for the result, so they trade them at junk shops and flea markets to folks who think they are getting an old and valuable gun.

  4. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    the cross lock's are getting a bit valuable , folks like the decorated locks so the locks are often sold to folks who will use them on a plainsmen or Kentucky styles rifle

    i bought a lock to put on a gents rifle and paid $90 just for the lock and hammer

    and happy to offer similar or a bit more on this if interested

    they aint super valuable but folks like me do like the simple earthy style of engraving
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    That one wasn't even completed and what was done wasn't done very well. With some work it could be a decent shooter tho.
  6. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I made money on several of those kits when the owners gave up and wanted them put together. If the parts were good and were (or could be) properly hardened, I did the work. Percussion revolvers were OK and I learned a lot about fitting and timing those guns. Single shots were OK and, of course, simple to work on. Some of the kits even had the lockplate cutout done, all but to deepen it a bit. Others were less complete and I had to figure out the lock and sideplate placement. They always worked out, though, and it wasn't bad money. I never had a complaint on the money, even though the cost was usually considerably more than the kit cost in the first place.

  7. musketshooter

    musketshooter New Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Cheap Spanish rendition of a Derringer. Worth about $25 for a wall hanger.
  8. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Wow, and all this time I thorough Derringers such as the copies of Henry Deringer's firearms were relatively small, not full size guns. :D
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Aw Ron, it might be small. Could be a baby that's holding it, in the bottom pic, and that itty-bitty hand makes the scale be off. :p
  10. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Well, not all Deringers are created equal.


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