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Blunt & Syms Underhammer "Pepperbox" Revolving Derringer, 31 cal

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Item Number: blunt
Manufacturer: Antique
Manufacturer UPC Code: pepperbox

ALL ANTIQUE RIFLES SOLD AS-IS. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FIRE AN ANTIQUE WEAPON WITHOUT CONSULTING A GUNSMITH. SEE PICTURES FOR CONDITION AND DETAILS. These are sold as collectible antiques.


The Blunt & Syms Revolving derringer may be one of the first double actions ever, predating the 1856 Beaumont-Adams, the "first" double action, by nearly 20 years. Blunt & Sym's muzzle-loading pepperbox featured a ring trigger and a hammer on the bottom of the firearm, as well as a unique mechanism that rotates the cylinder, indexes it and fires with just one heavy trigger pull. Also unique is that this gun fires from the bottom barrel.That said, these were never very "shootable" weapons. Loading the gun is easy enough, but capping it requires the shooter's finger to constantly pull the hammer, at exactly the right pressure so as to not trip the sear. When firing, the shooter's finger was right under the exploding cap. To combat this, Blunt & Syms installed a "shield" above the trigger, which rarely remained intact as it was fragile, located on a moving part, subject to heat and wear, and likely to eventually become shrapnel.

That said, the gun was a wonder of technology, debuting around the time that Colt was getting the kinks out of their primitive, single-action, barely functional Patterson revolver, and before Colt's not-at-all-elegant Colt-Walker, which was known for blowing up altogether. By comparison with these Old West legends, the Blunt & Syms might as well have been a finely crafted ray gun, technology wise.

This specimen is marked "Blunt & Syms New York, and shows the excellent build quality that firm was known for. Most engraving is deep and crisp. Five of the six nipples appear to be original, and the 6th is broken, but could easily be replaced. The bores are good. Mechanically this gun is perfect, but it does have two small flaws in its condition. For one, someone has attempted to clean it at some point using something mildly abrasive that left tiny marks in the metal that can be seen upon close scrutiny, under good light. Secondly, it is missing its flash sheild.

The earliest reference we could find to this weapon is late 1830s, and production apparently ended in the mid 1850s. Based on the logoand details, compared to known examples, this revolver is thought to have been built in the late 1840s.


Caliber is 31 cal round ball.

Barrel is 3-5/16 inches.

 

Overall condition as seen in photos.




WARNING: We will not ship antique cartridge rifles directly to Canada, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Massachusets, Rhode Island, Ohio,  Delaware or New Jersey, Illinois, Washington State, Michigan or Maryland. We will ship to New York with the exception of ; New York City; Bronx, Kings, Staten Island, Manhattan, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Long Island. We will ship to California with the exceptions of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Berkeley, Tiburon, Carson, Sacramento, Oakland,  Orange County, Marin County, Loyo County, Contra Costa County, Ventura County, or Napa County, except to an FFL dealer. 

We will send to FFL holders in any of the listed states and regions except New Jersey.

All antiques sold as-is, no refunds or returns. Additional photos can be requested for questions of markings, condition, or to answer any other questions. Information provided is based on our best research. Do not fire any antique weapon without having that weapon inspected by a licensed gunsmith. Other questions can be answered by calling 205-533-8595. PLEASE INSURE ALL ITEMS AS THEY ARE IRREPLACEABLE AND WILL NOT BE REFUNDED OR REPLACED.


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