SWEETWATER COUNTY — A research request made this week to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum’s Vintage Firearms Research Program provided museum staff an opportunity to examine a unique handgun dating back a century and a half.
The pocket-sized pistol, officially designated a “Remington’s New Repeating Pistol,” (also known as the “Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger Derringer”), a four-barreled “pepperbox” design chambered for a metallic cartridge, a .32 rimfire.
Unlike earlier percussion pepperboxes, which featured a rotating-barrel mechanism, the Remington pepperbox, designed by Dr. William Elliot, had a rotating firing pin. The little pistol was manufactured from 1863 to 1888; museum researchers believe this one was manufactured between 1866 and 1871.
People with a vintage firearm who would like to learn more about them need only contact the museum at (307) 872-6435 or via email at email@example.com.
There is no charge for the Museum’s firearms research service.