Manufactured in Germany by the Rempt brothers c.WW1 to illuminate battlefields for extended periods of time without the need to reload -
serial number 124, only 22 of these guns are known to exist today, the rest probably being buried in various trenches in France.
1″/27mm caliber flares, double action, four barrels. The hole in the back of the frame might be there to accommodate some kind of shoulder stock. Flares were the most efficient way to light large swathes of the battlefield by night, and were very useful to prevent enemy trench sorties to disable barbed wire or even sentries and machine gun positions.
Centrefire four-barrelled Large Frame Holster Model Thorn patent pistol by Charles Lancaster, circa 1881
A.A.Thorn Patent oval bore single trigger four barrel pistol. The single-trigger action operates a rotating firing-pin. A side lever operates a dolls head barrel lock on the top of the frame (known as a 1st type locking latch). Plain finish with much original bluing stamped with Birmingham proof marks. The square shaped chequered walnut butt has provision for a rod butt extension and a lanyard-loop. The hinged barrels are bored with Charles Lancaster’s patent oval bores and have open-sights and a German silver foresight. The barrel cluster is fitted with a self-acting extractor star. The assembly number, 22, is stamped on the bottom of the frame.
In 1878, the firm of Charles Lancaster Gunmakers, previously run by C.W. Lancaster who died in that year, was acquired by Henry A.A. Thorn from his widow. In 1881 Thorn patented an action for two and four barrel guns, he would subsequently use this patent in the manufacture of both shotgun/rifles and pistols.
The pistols were designed to take a variety of calibres, but in the main they would be for the four barrel pistol .455 and .476 government cartridges and for the two barrel pistol the .577 short Snider or Boxer, they were also fitted with Lancaster’s oval bore rifling.
In all about 712 four barrel pistols and about 234 two barrel versions were produced between 1882 and 1897.
This is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, known examples of Lancaster’s four barreled pistols.
Manufactured by O.F. Mossberg & Sons very early in the company’s life, c.1920-1932. .22LR four round, four barrels, double action repeater with rotating firing pin, free manual ejector rod stored vertically in the frame and grip. A little peashooter that single-handedly founded Mossberg for decades to come, allowing them to make their famous shotguns thanks to more than 30000 units sold. This is the very first variant of the gun, before the patent was officially filed in July.
Rosario Dawson’s Adventures in Ghana, Celebrating Women and Her First Clothing Collection
As dusk fell on a weekday last month, a four-wheel-drive barreled down a jungle path in the central region of Ghana, carrying Rosario Dawson, who, rubbed clean of makeup, less resembled a Hollywood actress than her latest role as a fashion entrepreneur studying agroforestry and sustainable cotton practices on a century-old plantation.
“For Master Raymond resembled nothing so much as a large, genial frog. A touch over four feet tall, barrel-chested and bandy-legged, he had the thick, clammy skin of a swamp dweller and slightly bulbous, friendly black eyes. Aside from the minor fact that he wasn’t green, all he lacked was warts.” – Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 8, Unlaid Ghosts and Crocodiles