Late-19th C. Antique DOUBLE BARREL Side x Side PINFIRE 11mm Caliber Pistol
Here we present an antique Double Barrel Pinfire Pistol, made circa the late-19th Century in Europe. This pistol was made for self-defense for the 19th Century citizen. Its twin barrels are chambered for the 11mm Pinfire cartridge, one of the first self-contained metallic cartridges, and certainly the most initially successful from the 1830s. The barrels hinge down with a press of the lever under the trigger guard.
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. The action is strong. The left trigger must be manually returned due to a weak spring. Both bores are in good shape remaining mostly bright with spots of pitting. Fluted grip in good shape and with an expected amount of wear.
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Barrel is 4-5/8 inches.
Caliber: 11mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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