Antique MANHATTAN/AMERICAN STANDARD TOOL CO. .34 Percussion “HERO” Pistol
“The Poor Man’s Deringer”
Here we present an antique Manhattan Fire Arms / American Standard “Hero” Single Shot Pistol made circa the late 1860s in Newark, New Jersey. Called the “Poor man’s deringer”, this percussion line of pistols began perhaps as early as 1861 and continued through 1873. This specimen was made by the American Standard Tool Co., successor to Manhattan Fire Arms Co. During these years, approximately 30,000 of these were made. The American Standard Tool Company existed from 1868-73.
The Manhattan pistols were made without serial numbers, but serial numbers were present on the American Standard pistols. Known as the “poor man’s deringer” the hero pistol was believed to be Manhattan’s last percussion firearm and thought to be brought out in their last year of existence, which was 1868 (or possibly earlier). The American Standard Tool Co., successor of Manhattan, was set up to manufacture firearms and to make tools and lasted only from 1868 to 1873.
Strong action. Good bore. Replacement grips. Markings are legible.
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Barrel is 2 inches.
Caliber: .34 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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