Unusual firearms

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  1. petesusn

    petesusn New Member

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

    But I'll start the topic.

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  2. Jim K

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    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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    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

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    How 'bout a nice pocketwatch?

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    Or the Turbiaux Palm-Squeezer Pistol.

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    Then we have the Collier flintlock revolver.

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

    Jim
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    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.
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    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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    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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    A 2 bore rifle? I don't think I'd want to pull the trigger on that one.
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    Now I want a 2 bore! Makes my 4 bore look underpowered!
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    Then we have the HK P11 Underwater Pistol.

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    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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