Rare antebellum Allen 4-shot pepperbox percussion revolver

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This is a smaller than normally encountered size pepperbox pistol with FOUR chambers instead of the standard five or six.  It is clearly marked on the bar hammer and functions properly but a portion of the left side of the bag shaped grip is missing–and has been for a very long time.  This type of percussion revolver combined the revolver cylinder with the barrel thus eliminating the danger of a typical revolver for cross-chamber ignition.  The weapons were not purchased by any state or federal agency, but many were carried by soldiers in the field as personal protection weapons.

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Weight 5 lbs