Allen & Thurber 5 shot Pepperbox


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Check the information on the various models of these Allen & Thurber "Pepperboxes" in Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms as there are 7 pages on these pistols. You can generally find the 9th edition for sale in some gun or sporting goods shops.

The grips may be bone and a very old time-period replacement as I see none in Flayderman with ivory or bone grips of the couple dozen shown. You can determine the caliber with a micrometer inserted into the muzzles.

You can occasionally see CW photos of soldiers with one of these tucked into their belt -- either as a secondary weapon or photographer's prop.
 
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Check the information on the various models of these Allen & Thurber "Pepperboxes" in Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms as there are 7 pages on these pistols. You can generally find the 9th edition for sale in some gun or sporting goods shops.

The grips may be bone and a very old time-period replacement as I see none in Flayderman with ivory or bone grips of the couple dozen shown. You can determine the caliber with a micrometer inserted into the muzzles.

You can occasionally see CW photos of soldiers with one of these tucked into their belt -- either as a secondary weapon or photographer's prop.
 
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Thanks Ralph,
The most information I have seen since I bought this. It does mention ivory grips as being rare. Available as an E- book, the internet is a wonderful tool. I thought this thread would be more popular but.........maybe I will show you my revolver next! Sure to be a hit.
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Mark

Would be interesting to know if the nipple shield on your pepperbox is attached by 4 small screws or is integral with the frame.

Looking at you photos it appears that your gun is either 31 or 32 caliber.

Mark A

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Mark A.
The nipple shield is part of the frame, integral, I have always wanted tofire this. #11 caps seem just a little too small. Yours looks very nice!! Any advice on how to clean mine up or better off left alone??
Thanks,
Mark
 
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Mark

Would be interesting to know if the nipple shield on your pepperbox is attached by 4 small screws or is integral with the frame.

Looking at you photos it appears that your gun is either 31 or 32 caliber.

Mark A

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Mark A.
The nipple shield is part of the frame, integral, I have always wanted tofire this. #11 caps seem just a little too small. Yours looks very nice!! Any advice on how to clean mine up or better off left alone??
Thanks,
Mark
Better left alone. In good condition it's a $400 pepperbox, cleaning it won't increase the value and may hurt it's value.
 
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Love those pepperboxes. In reality though they were extremely unwieldy to shoot and thus dangerous. I just finished putting a pepperbox pistol kit together and decided against making such a tiny handle. That's the problem with them. Grossly front heavy and you could barely grip them. It'd jump out of your hand if you fired it.
 
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Love those pepperboxes. In reality though they were extremely unwieldy to shoot and thus dangerous. I just finished putting a pepperbox pistol kit together and decided against making such a tiny handle. That's the problem with them. Grossly front heavy and you could barely grip them. It'd jump out of your hand if you fired it.
A freind has a derringer that shoots .410 shotgun shells, I doubt this could be any worse.
Any idea what size caps this would take?? I have always wanted to shoot it!
 
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