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Title 45 calibre percussion pocket pistol, double barrelled
Nationality French
Period c 1850

Nice example of a French self-defence pocket pistol, which packs a fairly hefty punch, with a second shot in case of a misunderstanding with the first! Good quality burr walnut grip, damascus barrels and reasonable quality engraving to trigger guard, butt cap and frame.

There is no half cock on this pistol. It would appear to function on only one setting, ie at full cock. It was almost certainly made for a left-handed person as firing it with a right hand presents a minor problem in switching triggers which is not encountered when using the left hand. This is still clean enough internally to be an extremely reliable and effective weapon at close quarters.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Percussion Pistols : French : 19th Century]


Thank you. I received your letter and ammo pouch.

Very nice!

Thank you very much.

N T, Japan, 01.11.2012

Bayonet arrived safe + sound this AM Sat. Special delivery excellent again. Worth the few extra bob. To be honest it was better than I dared hope. I usually avoid polished bits like the plague!! Your price was a bit fierce!! - but a great marking I lacked... Please email me anytime you have anything that might be of interest.

C W, UK, 09.09.2006