COGSWELL PEPPERBOX REVOLVER Model 47-8652 Replicart The pepper-box revolver or simply pepperbox (also "pepper-pot", from its resemblance to the household pepper grinder) is a multiple-barrel repeating firearm that has three or more barrels grouped around a central axis.
Early pepperboxes were hand-rotated. This type of firearm was popular in North America from 1830 up into the American Civil War. In the 1860's there was a lot of new weapon designs and renovations because of war demands. Not only was the war a financial opportunity for entrepreneurs, but the fact that the military was always looking for more efficient and cheaper ways to kill people to win the war gave rise to such innovations and production.
One familiar weapon candidate for volunteer military use was the Cogswell Pepper Box Revolver as it was a very famous and affordable pistol at the time. The Cogswell Pepper Box had a six shot revolving barrel which made it more attractive than a single shot pistol as it could fire 6 bullets without reloading, which promised an upper hand for foot soldiers.
Like the original, our replica model gun has a steel finish engraved with ornate scrollwork, moving cylinder and firing mechanisms. A pair of finished hard wood grips and antique finish metals give this model authentic historic visual appeal. This is a non-firing replica has the size and handling characteristics of the original. Our non-firing replica Cogswell Pepperbox Revolver has a mechanically revolving barrel with working action and wood grips. Though the pepperbox pistol saw somewhat limited action in the Civil War as compared to the official issued weapons, it was likely more commonly used in saloons of the frontier underneath a poker table. The pepperbox, at least the firearm that is mostly associated with this term, was originally invented and produced in the 1830s and was intended for civilian use, but military officers and volunteers often made private purchases of common and updated models for their own use.
This non-firing model is a perfect prop for re-enactment, theater and film, and costume events. The Pepperbox Revolver's unique look and mechanical design has recently found special appeal to Steampunk enthusiasts, modelers and collectors. A great conversation piece in home or office decor and display!
• Barrel/Frame in antiqued Steel Grey Finish • 6-Shot Moving cylinder/firing mechanisms • Engraved Scrollwork Detailing • Hardwood Stock WARNING!click here for important Safety Information
One drawback with the pepperbox technology is that it becomes more front-heavy if the length and number of barrels is increased, making accurate aiming difficult. Such guns would become too front-heavy to permit quick and steady aiming. However, the primary market was for civilian self-defense so its most common use was at close range hand to hand skirmishes. Common practice at the time, indeed, was not to aim pistols, but instead to "shoot from the hip," holding the gun low and simply pointing at the target's center of mass.
Multi-shot percussion firearms were often considered dangerous because firing one powder charge could ignite the others (a "chainfire"), all at the same time, when proper care was not taken. This problem was largely eliminated by the introduction of nipple partitions, evident on later percussion revolvers, which largely shielded the percussion caps on neighboring chambers from the flash struck by the weapon's hammer during firing. Most percussion pepperboxes have a circular flange around the rear of the cylinder to prevent the capped nipples being accidentally fired if the gun were to be knocked while in a pocket, or dropped.
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