S. Coon Black Powder Percussion Burglar Alarm

Percussion Cap Powered Pistols

Alarm gun-10 4 overall Hampton P. Howell, Jr. collection. 92. Door lock alarm-10 x 9 Photograph courtesy Herb Glass. Before the percussion cap was invented few guns were made simply to sound an alarm. The percussion cap brought with it many small and simply made burglar alarms. Nearly all were made to be fastened to a door jamb or window sill, to fire when door or window was opened. When the door or window moved it tripped a spring-backed hammer which exploded a cap. The invention of the...

Knife Pistols And Cane Guns

American Novelty Defender Knife Pistol

KNIFE PISTOLS and cane guns belong to our fathers' and grandfathers' days. Some, made before the little .22 rim-fire cartridge was invented, used percussion cap ignition, but it was only following the widespread production of the .22 short that these disguised weapons of surprise enjoyed a mild popularity. It seems fitting to bracket the knife pistols and cane guns in one chapter, apart from other disguised and hidden guns, and from other combination weapons. The grandfather who walked abroad...

Turret And Chain Guns

French Guycot Chain Pistol

NEARLY ALL THE FIREARMS illustrated in this chapter were made well before the American Civil War, but probably none was called a turret gun before the arrival of the Monitor in Hampton Roads in 1862. The revolving superstructure on Ericsson's famous cheesebox on a raft is supposed to have given the name turret guns to these odd revolvers. The inventors denominated their creations, many-chambered-cylinder fire-arms, many-chambered non-recoil fire arms, revolving-breech fire-arms, but never used...