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Offline sourdough

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.36 Caliber Smoothbore Boot Pistol
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:52:07 PM »
I bought this at a gun show in Anchorage around 1992 and paid $20 for it. I gave it to my son in AZ several years ago, he has never shot it, and is supposedly in the process mailing it back to me. I am trying to figure out who made this (obviously looks like a kit gun to me) and would like to make it look like a new kit gun project. I have never been able to find anything similar insofar as pictures online, and don't see any manufacturers offering anything close.

It is a percussion "boot" pistol, .36 caliber smoothbore with a spur trigger. No manufacturer markings, no date code, no proof marks. It is marked on the left side of the octagonal barrel ".36 CAL" (one die), and on the right upper barrel flat it is hand stamped "A.T. CO." using a different/larger font, which I think is a crude reference to Allen & Thurber. The frame and the barrel are of one piece and the hammer is in the middle of the frame.

I bought it to scare stray dogs from my garbage cans, loaded with 15 grains of Pyrodex P and a wad. It worked well for that, and the dogs stopped visiting. I never shot it with a lead ball, so I have no idea what the performance would be.

The hammer nose is not shrouded around the nipple so I used to use a glove on the right hand so as not to get cap fragments embedded in my hand/finger (I learned to do that after the first shot).

The picture was taken using his cell phone camera. I will send better when (and if) I receive it.


Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!



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Re: .36 Caliber Smoothbore Boot Pistol
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 05:41:54 PM »
I have no idea who made it but you can do a Google image search for percussion muff pistol and find tons of pics of similar guns. Most of them have folding triggers or trigger guards but some do not. If you just wanted to spend the time and money on it you could clean up the grips and put in a longer straight trigger and have somebody put a shroud on the hammer. It would look more period.
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