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Old 02-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Single shot,tilting block mystery pistol

I was given this pistol as a gift,and was wondering if anyone out there could tell me something about it.It seems to be a .32 caliber(at least the bore is the same size as an Iver Johnson owl head revolver),and has no maker's name of any kind.The only markings on it are two marks on the bottom of the receiver.One appears to be an 8 or 3,struck over another number or letter.The other is a clear number 1.Looks something like a Flobert pistol,except for the action,which works on a lever.
Anyone have any ideas about this one?



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Old 02-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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Absolutely beautiful pistol- and I do not have a clue. Action is similar to the Matini- which came out of an American design, but then went to Europe. Caliber could be anything, including some of the .310 Cadet (Greener) rounds.

You may want to try contacting the National Firearms Museum in VA to see if they can help ID.



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That is a beautiful handgun, and I wish I could help you but I can't

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My guess is British as they like those Martini actions over there. Its OK c3 we know you meant to put the "r" in Martini. Rear sight looks kinda British also. Action is a little sleeker than you usually see.

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It does look a bit like a Martini action,though none of the ones I can find pictures of have the double set triggers.My dad,who gave me the gun,tells me he sent a picture of it years ago to National Rifleman magazine,and they couldn't help him.Love to know what it's worth,though.

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So, this is a converted muzzle-loading pistol, right? I mean, i see the wedge for the barrel, the double triggers, the lock-sized & shaped scallop on the normal lock side, and the grip looks familiar from some muzzle-loading wallhangers. I guess this was obvious but not stated for the dim ones like me.

Maybe Hawg will know?

It is cool whatever it is. I would like to see a picture of the rear sight, but there is noooo chance i could identify it, just curious.

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It does look a bit like a Martini action,though none of the ones I can find pictures of have the double set triggers.My dad,who gave me the gun,tells me he sent a picture of it years ago to National Rifleman magazine,and they couldn't help him.Love to know what it's worth,though.
I would still send it to the NRA technology has changed a lot. They might know the answer now. Either way I would guess it's a gunsmith build. Good luck with your research, I wish I was doing it.
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No orangello it started out its life as a Martini cartridge gun. Many guns from Europe have the wedges. The grip sure looks like the BP pistol that Trez has but there again it was fairly common for pistols in Europe.

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It looks very much like the work of W.W. Greener of London. That is a very expensive English pistol.

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No orangello it started out its life as a Martini cartridge gun. Many guns from Europe have the wedges. The grip sure looks like the BP pistol that Trez has but there again it was fairly common for pistols in Europe.
Cool! I was not aware of the wedge usage over there, interesting.
Is there a pic of the other side?


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