Antique DOUBLE BARREL SxS .38 Caliber PINFIRE Pistol with FLIP UP BAYONET
Spanish Self Defense Pistol with FOLDING TRIGGER!
Here we present an antique Double Barrel Pinfire Pistol, made circa 1830 in Spain. This pistol was made for self-defense for the 19th Century citizen. Its twin barrels are chambered for the .38 Pinfire cartridge, one of the more popular metallic cartridges, and certainly successful during the 1860s. The barrels hinge down with a press of the lever on the left side of the frame. The “flip up” bayonet would have been that little something extra to protect oneself with after expending your two cartridges.
In 1835, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux patented one of the first self-contained firearms cartridges. This very early design included a case with ball, powder and primer, but what made it different from what was to come later in cartridge development was the “firing pin” that projected out of the side of the case. It was this pin that was struck and detonated the primer inside. His son, Eugene, would build on Casimir’s invention, designing a pistol to take advantage of it. The hammer would be flat and smash down on the side of the cylinder, from which the pin of the cartridge would project. This revolver and pistol design would become prolific, especially in Europe throughout the 19th Century, being adopted by militaries, used by civilians and police, and even being sold for use during the American Civil War. Many makers made both licensed and unlicensed copies.
The overall condition is good. Excellent actions. Good bores, spots of pitting in the center of each barrel. Hand checkered frame. The grip is in good shape with a small gap where it meets the frame. Fully functioning bayonet. “ANO 1830” is stamped onto the left barrel flat.
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Barrel is 4-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Pinfire (9.5mm)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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