percussion rifle


Colt ‘Root’ 1855 military revolving rifle

Designed by Elisha K. Root and made by the Colt Manufacturing Company for its 1856 military contract - serial number 322 from an order of 101 guns.
.44 cap and ball six-round cylinder, Root sidehammer single action, creeping loading lever, military style full length foregrip.

I can’t help but love these things even though they weren’t the most practical.
Samuel Colt managed to get in a few military contracts for his new product thanks to his prior sales of Paterson ring lever rifles to various US Army regiments - a total of 1100 military style Root revolving rifle were thus produced, which in turn boosted the sales on the civilian market.


Lemat pinfire carbine

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1860′s, serial number 7.
11mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a .54 percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel. The selector switch on the hammer flips down to strike the shotgun part’s percussion cap.

This is probably one of the rarest variant of the 1856 LeMat revolver, save for perhaps the centerfire carbine.

Sauce : James D. Julia Inc


Belgian wall gun

Manufactured in Liège, Belgium c.1866 - serial number 21.
.75/19mm caliber barrel with hexagonal rifling, removable percussion breechblock, skeleton pistol grip.

Hexagonal rifling uses a similarly hexagonal bullet to impart spin, instead of taking a round bullet and squishing it against regular rifling by shooting it. This weapon would have had a considerable accuracy and power which we can only assume Belgian soldiers used to hunt dinosaurs.


Lindsay 1863 double musket

Patented in 1860 and manufactured in 1863 in New York for the Union Army.
.58 cap and ball, two superposed shot, two hammers dropped sequentially by a single trigger. The first pull drops the right hammer, firing the front load, the second pull drops the left hammer, firing the rear load.

A bizarre rifled musket adopted by the US military, on paper it could double the firepower of a soldier. In practice however i required careful loading of both powder charges and bullets to be in their right position, and the front load would often not ignite due to the long flash channel getting fouled up and blocking the percussion cap’s blast. This could lead in disastrous misfire if the rear load was fired before the front one, often resulting in the explosion of the breech.
About a thousand were used at the battle of Peeble’s Farm before it was dropped from use due to its poor performance.


Pattern 1841 Sapper and Miner percussion musket

Designed by George Lovell, barrel by Millward, lock by William Partridge, assembled by J. Cook, stocked by S. Butler, Main Contractor Potts & Hunt, c.1848 - marked with a profusion of broad arrows.
.733 caliber smoothbore barrel, caplock, .685 paper cartridge and percussion cap.

One of the last muskets used before rifled barrels became the norm for most arms, this example was used by British sappers and miners during the Crimean War.


Mle 1822 T bis musket

Produced at the Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne - or Manufacture Royale at the time - c.1822-41 and later modified twice.
18mm/.71 paper cartridge and cap, single shot percussion lock, rifled barrel.

The Mle 1822 started its life as a Restoration flintlock smoothbore, but was quickly modified to caplock as the technology became available at which point it became the Mle 1822 Transformé. Later in the 1860′s it was rifled and cut down to light infantry length as with every old long guns in the French arsenal, hence the name Transformé bis - twice.
These old-timers would often see one last modification prior to the Franco-Prussian war in the form of the Tabatière breech-loading system.

French guns be durable.

notaaronsroommate  asked:

hey qsy, I'm not super knowledgeable about guns, so I figured I'd ask you this: what would be a rifle that had a fairly powerful cartridge, long range, and would be considered outdated or old on a battlefield by the early 1930's. I'm writing a thing, you see. Also, exotic customization's are more than welcome suggestions. Thank you!

it’s kind hard to do much better than a military rifle of the period all the while being outdated
maybe some sort of rifled percussion rampart gun with a 7″ long barrel ?
elephant guns would work but they’re not really outdated.


Percussion Harmonica Rifle crafted by Johnathon Browning, father of John Browning, and also carried by him during the Mormon Exodus.

from Rock Island Auctions;

According to renowned firearms expert and author Norm Flayderman very few of these unusual rifles are known to exist, and they are “rarely seen or traded on the open market place.” This example is one-of-a-kind and was manufactured in the 1840s in Illinois in either Quincy or Nauvoo. Its history can be traced back to members of the Browning family who stated that it was passed down from father to son for generations directly from Jonathan Browning who carried the rifle with him while walking with the wagon train from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Utah due to the violent persecution of the Latter Day Saints sanctioned by state governments in the East. Browning was trained in gunsmithing and blacksmithing in Tennessee. He opened his own shop in Quincy, Illinois, and designed his “slide action” rifle in 1834. He was Quincy’s justice of the peace and personally knew Abraham Lincoln when he was still a young lawyer on the Illinois court circuit. He converted to Mormonism after personally meeting Joseph Smith and his followers in nearby Nauvoo. Hostility towards Mormons in Quincy caused him to sell his property and join his fellow Latter Day Saints in Nauvoo in 1842. There he continued to build firearms that helped the Mormons protect themselves from violent persecution. Soon though, the violence escalated and Smith himself was gunned down. The remaining Mormons were driven from Illinois. Browning temporarily settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa, before joining the Mormon migration to Utah in 1852. During that migration this rifle no doubt provided a sense of security during the dangerous journey of 1,000+ miles on foot. Once settled in Ogden, he and his sons repaired the firearms of other settlers until he died in 1879. He was the father of the famed American firearms innovator John Moses Browning famous for his numerous designs that led to the creation of many iconic firearms including multiple Winchester lever actions, the Browning Auto-5, Colt Model 1911, Browning Auto Rifle, Browning .50 caliber machine gun, and the Browning Hi-Power.


A Very Rare Cased 32-Bore Jacob’s Patent D.B. Percussion Rifle And Sword Bayonet

By Swinburn & Son, Birmingham, No. 147, Dated 1860

With recoloured barrels each cut with four deep grooves and with bayonet-lug on the right side towards the muzzle, leaf-sighted to 300 yards, and with long folding adjustable long-range back-sight to 2000 yards, recoloured breeches, long slender tang (minor repair) and signed and dated back-action locks, the last each stamped ‘Patent’ on the inside, figured half-stock (minor chips and bruising, toe of butt-repaired), the right hand lock cavity stamped with stockmaker’s name 'Matthews’, iron mounts comprising butt-plate, trigger-guard with chequered spur, and hinged circular patch-box cover re-engraved 'Jacob’s Rifles’, barrel band stamped 'Patent’ on one side, sling loops, and iron ramrod (repaired), the sword bayonet with bright double-edged blade cut with double fullers over most of its length on each side, hilt pierced with scrollwork on the outer side, rear quillon pierced for the muzzles, pommel with spring-catch, and chequered leather grips, in original wooden scabbard retaining most of its leather covering (damaged) and with iron locket and chape (the rifle and bayonet with some wear and pitting): in their lined and fitted oak case (moth damaged and slightly adapted to accomodate the sword bayonet) with some accessories including cast-iron lead cauldron, housed in a removable oak compartment with sliding lid, a steel bullet mould stamped 'Swinburn, Birmingham’ and ’.517 - .578’, a James Dixon & Sons leather-covered powder flask (in poor condition), a brass powder funnel, and a leather sling, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label (some damage), the exterior with circular vacant brass escutcheon, and folding brass carrying handles on either side, Birmingham proof marks

61cm. barrels, 76.8cm blade


Offered with two rare copper bullet tips and a facsimile of Major John Jacob, C.B., Rifle Practice, 1855
For information on Major John Jacob of the Scinde Irregular Horse and inventor of the Jacob’s rifle, see Howard L. Blackmore, British Military Firearms, pp. 202-204, pl. 67 (1); and C.H. Roads, The British Soldier’s Firearm, p. 43, pls. 42, 45-47
A display devoted to Jacobs can be seen at the Royal Armouries, Leeds
For the only other recorded cased example, sold in these Rooms, see Fine Antique Arms and Armour from the Henk L. Visser Collection, 28 November 2007, Lot 241