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STRANGE ANCIENT WEAPONS - SIX SHOT PERCUSSION PEPPER BOX REVOLVER

Six Shot Percussion Pepper Box Revolver

If two barrels were useful, how much more useful six barrels would be. Like this one manufactured by Blunt and Syms of New York.

The pepperbox or pepper pot pistol has appeared with all the various firing mechanisms previously mentioned. The principle has always been basically the same. A solid unit consisting (in this case) of six barrels rotates around an axis. Each pull of the trigger caused the barrels to rotate through 60 degrees thus lining the next barrel up for firing. Because of the problem of weight, the barrels were usually no longer than three inches (3.5cm) long. It is easy to see from this, how the potential for reducing the size of the barrels to form chambers and putting one barrel in front of the chambers would lead to the development of the revolver.

The example shown above has a ring trigger.
 

STRANGE ANCIENT WEAPONS - SIX SHOT PERCUSSION PEPPER BOX REVOLVER






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