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Like the tiny Hopkins and Allen derringer, made in the 1911 time frame, and profiled in this issue, Bacon Arms Company also manufactured an extremely tiny .22 caliber pistol. Although it was somewhat crude, much like the quality of cheap revolvers that flooded the market in the 1870’s and 1880’s, it is a highly collectable item based on its rarity and tiny size-- only 3 and 7/8 inches overall.
Foreword: It is always fascinating to me how apparently insignificant and unrelated events can change the course of history. Case in point, Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker. Every gun collector is aware of how his involvement saved Sam Colt from obscurity and enabled Colt’s resurrection. How many know, though, that the entire history of Colt can be traced back to a black bean or rather the lack of one. Read the article and speculate, along with me, how the field of arms development might have...
Of the many breech loading weapons devised during the Civil War, the Gallager was one of the most common. Inventors of the day all sought ways to seal the breach from leakage. Mahlon Gallager’s approach was to utilize a cartridge that was partially in the breech and partially in the chamber of the barrel, thus spanning the gap between breech and barrel. Others, like the Smith Carbine used the same approach.
Collectors seek specific items of interest. Many of the items of interest are enhanced by the acquisition of accessories and accoutrements associated with their application. This narrative explores the application of the Trommelmagazin 08 to enhance the effectiveness of the Lange Pistole 08.
The television series Antiques RoadShow has been running an interesting compendium of reruns. They basically select appraisal segments from older shows and contrast the value estimates from the time period when they originally ran with today’s current values. This provides a very interesting way to track trends. Sometimes the values have increased but more often they have fallen.