Pistol / Hand GunsMuzzleloaderA Unique Oriental 3 Barrel Winder Pistol7.62 mm
~ Unique Oriental 3 Barrel Winder Pistol ~
This is a very interesting and unique firearm most probably made somewhere in Persia during the last half of the 19th century.
The design emulates the German flintlock winding pistols made in the late 18th century. It was most probably made by a local gunsmith as a self-defence firearm.
The pistol is designed with three rotating barrels, half hexagonal and half cylindrical. The barrels can be manually rotated on both directions, offering the possibility of it being used with both hands with ease.
A spring safety catch has been placed on the left hand side of the frame to prevent the uncontrolled rotation of the barrels. The safety will stop in one of the three grooves after being depressed, positioning the barrel into the fire position.
The barrels seem to be taken from an old German flintlock winding pistol.
The hammer has a half-cock and a full cock position. The half-cock will slowly release the hammer if the trigger is pressed, acting as a decoking mechanism.
It’s metal frame and wooden grips are decorated with silver inlays and mother of pearl cartouches. The pistol main frame ends in the lower side of the grip with a metal ring meant to keep the pistol safe when riding a horse.
The calibre of the barrels is 7.65mm.
The interesting thing is that the nipple screws were never fully drilled, indicating that the owner intended to smuggle the pistol over the border as a wall-hanger, otherwise being a perfectly functional firearm.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrels are 4 ¾ inches (12 mm) long and the overall length of the piece is 9 1/ 2 inches (24 cm).
It weighs 580g
~ Condition ~
The pistol mechanism is in full working order. It half cocks, cocks and releases.
There is some amount of rust on the metalwork.
The woodwork is in good condition.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £14 or the bayonet can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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