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Pair of Colt Peacemaker Single Action revolvers in Colt presentation wood case with plaque on lid

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This bar-hammer type dating to the 1840s was the most common pepperbox pistol. It consisted of a cluster of barrels (here, six) bored from a single block, each with its own nipple. The cluster was rotated on an axial pin after each shot, bringing the next nipple into position under the hammer. Since the hammer blocked the line of sight, the gun was only accurate at point blank range.

A deadly duo of six-guns! At top is the Smith & Wesson .44-40 Frontier Double Action revolver taken from Hardin’s body (next slide) after he was shot by Constable John Selman (inset). Selman used the 1873 Colt Single Action .45 (above) to end the life of one of the West’s most notorious and dangerous shootists.

A deadly duo of six-guns! At top is the Smith & Wesson .44-40 Frontier Double Action revolver taken from Hardin’s body (next slide) after he was shot by Constable John Selman (inset). Selman used the 1873 Colt Single Action .45 (above) to end the life of one of the West’s most notorious and dangerous shootists.

Ethan Allen 32 Sidehammer Rimfire Revolver – A classic early 1860s sidearm as carried by thousands of Civil War soldiers. 32 caliber 6 shot with 4 inch barrel.

This is an antique miniature percussion single shot pistol, probably made in Belgium in the 1850's to 1870's. Typical screw off barrel and hidden folding trigger. 1.665" long overall with a .452" barrel. The bore diameter is about .088 caliber.