Antique FRANK WESSON Model 1870 .22 S, L, LR Rimfire Stocked POCKET RIFLE
1 of 5,000 Single Shot “SPORTSMAN’S JEWEL”
Here we present an antique Frank Wesson Model 1870 Pocket Rifle made circa 1870-93 in Worcester, Massachusetts with a numbers matching shoulder stock. Frank Wesson was the younger brother of Daniel B. Wesson, of Smith & Wesson fame, as well as Edwin Wesson, who was also a highly-esteemed gunsmith in the mid-to-late-1800s. The fame of his family’s name was not lost on Frank as he was, in fact, a prolific firearms designer and maker in his own right.
Part of the ‘Pocket Rifle’ series of long barreled single shot stocked pistols, also known as the “Sportsman’s Jewel”. It was equipped with a globe front and aperture rear sights. The barrel turns on an axis to the right for loading and has a sliding manual extractor. The hammer and spur trigger are both serrated, and there is a pushbutton half-cock safety. The grips are smooth rosewood. There were approximately 5,000 of these pistols produced during its 24 year production run.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Good bore. Both grips are in good shape with expected wear. The numbers match. Sharp markings. This example is missing the extractor.
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Barrel is 12 inches.
Caliber: .22 S, L, LR Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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