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c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol
  • c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol

c1851 Cased Lefaucheux Coup de Poing Fist Revolver Pistol

Price:

£900.00


Product Description

A really nice example of a mid 19th century French made Lefaucheux ‘Coup de Poing’ (Fist) Pinfire Revolver Pistol, with its original mahogany wood box.

Because of its size and shape it was termed Coup de Poing, translating as fist punch gun. It often was married to a knuckle duster and was called Apache, in honour of the Paris Underworld gang’s slang name. The calibre is 7mm. The pistol was originally chrome plated, but a lot of it has worn off, with age. It is in good mechanical working condition. It was with this type of pistol that Casimir Lefaucheux exhibited his new pinfire cartridge bullet at the Great Exhibition of 1851, in London.

Its long, fluted cylinder is a modified pepperbox design made from a single piece of metal, and the front end of the cylinder axis pin is supported by a bracket screwed to the front end of the lower frame. The breech consists of a thick, flat, circular plate with a semi-circular opening cut out on the right-hand side so that the weapon could be loaded from the breech end. This opening is filled by a bottom-hinged gate shaped to match the circular breech block, which is held closed by a small, horizontal, L-shaped spring lever screwed below it on the frame.

There is an additional shallow depression on top of the breech block, where the hammer rests. Its trigger action is basically that of a double-action revolver, where pulling the trigger cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. The cylinder was normally free to rotate, but when the trigger was pressed a cylinder-stop rose from the lower frame and engaged one of the studs which can be seen on the cylinder. When loaded, the cylinder could be positioned so that there was a pin on each side of the hammer head, making it relatively safe to carry the loaded weapon in a pocket. Once the rounds had been fired, the empty cases could be pushed out through the open loading gate by means of a separate extractor pin. The cylinder is stamped with Birmingham proof marks (crossed sceptres with crown and V).

The wooden box has an unengraved brass shield escutcheon on the lid. The inside of the box is fitted to hold the revolver. It has been partially repaired and restored, and is missing a compartment lid. There is also a small oil bottle, a small screwdriver and 3 old pinfire cartridges.

These types of pistols are rare and cased examples even rarer. Because of the obsolete calibre and type of bullet fired, this pistol is perfectly legal (in Great Britain. Other Countries may have different rules) to own as an antique, without a gun licence.

Size pistol: 13.5 x 9 x 3.5 cm (5 ¼ x 3 ½ x 1 3/8 inches)
Size box: 19 x 12 x 5.5 cm (7 ½ x 4 ¾ x 2 1/8 inches)
Weight: 805 g

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