Museum Employees Research Frontier-era Four-Barrel Pocket Pistol

Museum Employees Research Frontier-era Four-Barrel Pocket Pistol

This four-barreled .32-caliber Remington pocket pistol was recently submitted to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum for research. Museum staff believe it was made between 1866 and 1871.

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.

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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 sweetwatercountymuseum@outlook.com.

There is no charge for the Museum’s firearms research service.