ENGLAND 1840 PEPPERBOX REVOLVER 1071 by Denix of Spain 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. It mostly appears in the form of a multi-shot handheld firearm. Pepperboxes exist in all ammunition systems: matchlock, wheellock, flintlock, percussion, pinfire, rimfire and centerfire. In the 15th century, several single-shot barrels were attached to a stock, being fired individually by means of a match. Around 1790, pepperboxes were built on the basis of flintlock systems, notably in England.
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 Pepperbox Revolver as it was a very famous and affordable pistol at the time. This London made Pepperbox had a six shot revolving barrel which made it more attractive than a single shot pistol as it could fire 6 bullets without reloading; a conceivable upper hand for foot soldiers.
Like many originals, our replica model has a gun-steel-grey finished frame and multi-barrel, engraved with ornate scrollwork, complimented by finished hardwood grips. This Pepperbox Revolver features a moving cylinder and firing mechanism. The detailed scrollwork, finished hard wood grips, and antique finish metals give this model authentic visual appeal. This is a non-firing replica has the size and handling characteristics of the originals. Though the pepperbox pistol pistol had somewhat limited use in the American Civil War as compared to officially issued weapons, it was likely more commonly used in saloons of the frontier underneath a poker table. The Pepperbox was originally invented and produced in the 1830s and was intended for civilian use, yet 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 found special appeal to Steampunk enthusiasts, modelers and collectors. A great conversation piece in home or office decor and well suited for display!
• Frame/Barrel in Gun Steel 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.
Denix Non-Firing Replicas The Denix 1071 non-firing replica England 1840 Pepperbox revolver is a beautiful addition to your collection. Denix deluxe non-firing models have been faithfully reproduced in weight, feel and handling characteristic of the rare and expensive originals. This historically accurate and safe revolver replica comes assembled, ready for display in your home or office, or ready for use in historic reenactment, movie, theatre, or costume events. These classic model guns are made of zinc alloy metals with polished wood stocks. They cannot withstand excessive misuse or dry-firing, cannot be disassembled nor made to fire real ammunitions.