Unusual firearms

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by petesusn, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    I wasn't sure what topic to post this in.

    But I'll start the topic.
     

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  2. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Duckfoot pistols are well known, if not exactly common, but that one looks like something out of a video game. Wild!

    The Reform is a bit more common and apparently quite a few were made. I have one, but without the safety. They are double action, chambered for .25 ACP. The barrel block is inserted all the way down into the gun, and then rises as the trigger is pulled. They are interesting in that the barrels are connected by ports toward the front, so that discharging the second barrel blows out the empty case in the first, and so on. The empty in the bottom barrel has to be removed by hand. That is why the hammer has such an odd shaped spur; it deflects the blown-out empties away from the shooter's face.

    They have the advantage of being very flat and reportedly were often carried under a gentleman's cummerbund, when gentlemen wore such things.

    As to the first pistol (assuming that is what it is), you got me. I have never seen anything like it and am not even sure of the scale. A bit of a description and a ruler for scale would help us understand it, and maybe someone can even identify it.

    Jim
     
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  3. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    Produced in the 1800, the (probably French made in 5 mm cal.) ring pistol is a perfect example of what was known as “la petite protectors”. The ring pistol once was one of the smallest killing devices ever developed. There doesn’t seem to be much info around regarding the practicality of the finger mounted firearm. If it were fired, the smoke, flames, and noise would be considerable. The muzzle velocity would probably be so low that the powder burn would be worse than the bullet. So maybe it doesn’t classify as the most efficient killing device but considering when it was made and the craftsmanship it took to make, it certainly is an exceptional one off antique firearm. Hat’s off to the unknown creator.

    You can buy a replica non-firing ring pistol here...

    http://www.digbyandiona.com/store/show/BSPR
     

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  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    How 'bout a nice pocketwatch?
     

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  5. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    Or the Turbiaux Palm-Squeezer Pistol.
     

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  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Then we have the Collier flintlock revolver.
     

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  7. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Those are nice; I have a palm squeezer, but am green with envy at the watch and your Collier, especially in that condition!

    Jim
     
  8. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I'm sorry. Did I miss the part where it says this has to be our own guns? :p

    I believe that Collier is in a museum in England. Don't remember where I sniped that watch pic from.
     
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I would love to have that watch, though. It is just too cool.

    How 'bout a 2.7mm Kolibri. One of the, if not THE, smallest production handguns.
     

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  10. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Then we go to the other extreme. A 2-bore rifle. That would be a 33.6mm, or 1 1/3 inch bore.
     

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  11. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    A 2 bore rifle? I don't think I'd want to pull the trigger on that one.
     
  12. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Now I want a 2 bore! Makes my 4 bore look underpowered!
     
  13. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Then we have the HK P11 Underwater Pistol.
     

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  14. ofitg

    ofitg Active Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    If you had been a sea-faring man a couple of centuries sooner, they might have given you one of these shoulder-busters - Henry Nock's 7-barrel volley gun -

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