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RARE VOLCANIC ARMS PISTOL/CARBINE. SN 313. Cal. 38. This rare volcanic pistol carbine conforms in configuration to other known examples with 16-1/2″ oct bbl with integral full magazine and brass pin front sight. Orig wheel elevation rear sight is in a dovetailed slot on top flat of the frame. Top flat of bbl is marked “THE VOLCANIC / REPEATING ARMS CO. / PATENT NEW HAVEN, CONN. FEB. 14 1854”. Frame & sideplates are gun metal brass and it is mounted with 2-pc uncheckered walnut grips numbered to this pistol. Butt strap is fitted with a knurled thumb screw and has a hole in the heel of the back strap to accommodate attachment of a separate buttstock not found with this gun. The SN was observed on left side of butt strap under grip, inside both grips and on the bolt. Gun was not further disassembled to look for serial numbers, but this gun appears orig and complete. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few of these pistol/carbines were produced in the period 1855-1857. There are probably less than 10 of these carbines in this configuration. This is a nice honest, authentic & complete example. CONDITION: This gun overall is in very good to fine condition. Bbl & magazine tube are a dark plum/brown patina with areas of staining and pitting. Frame & sideplates have a yellow mustard patina with scattered small dings, dents and scratches. Grips are sound and solid and are slightly shrunk such that there is a gap between grip and frame. Grips retain about 60% of their orig varnish finish. There is about a 1/2″ chip repair on inside toe of left grip on butt. Gun functions mechanically well and bore exhibits crisp, well defined rifling with scattered pitting. 4-46275 JS161 (20,000-30,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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