c1840s Antique UNDERHAMMER PERCUSSION .34 Caliber SAW HANDLE Belt Pistol
Handgun Design Particular to New England
Here we present an antique Underhammer “Saw Handle” Percussion Belt Pistol, made circa the 1840s. Underhammers were a unique design during the relatively brief reign of percussion guns, and they offered some interesting practical benefits. According to Flayderman:
(a) The extremely simple construction both mechanically and externally, quite often made without an encumbering trigger guard, while in other instances, the trigger guard acts in the dual capacity of mainspring; (b) Affords the shooter, especially on the heavy barreled target types, a much clearer line of sight with no obstructions to interfere with aiming; (c) A decided safety factor in lessening the possibility of exploded pieces from the percussion cap striking one’s eye during ignition.
Another common design element featured on many underhammers is the extremely low bore axis, putting the bore virtually directly in line with the top of the hand. This specimen is one such example.
This one features a simple hook or clip on the side for either a belt, waistband, or even a boot.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. Nice bore. Handsome striped walnut stock. The grip has a small cracked that is stable. Here is a simple pistol with an effective design!
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Barrel is 5-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .34 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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