Rare DUAL .32/.22 American SWIVEL Barrel DERINGER 1 of 3,000 Made in Boston; .22 & .32 Combination!
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Category: Antique Pistols - Cartridge - Derringer Antique
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Rare DUAL .32/.22 American SWIVEL Barrel DERINGER
1 of 3,000 Made in Boston; .22 & .32 Combination!
Here we present an antique American Arms Company Swivel Barrel Dual Caliber Deringer, made circa 1866, in Boston, Massachusetts. Production began shortly after the American Civil War and lasted through the late 1870s, seeing only about 3,000 produced during that time. Deringers of all sorts had by then become a common mode of pocket-sized firepower, though small revolvers were quickly eclipsing the single shot design. H.F. Wheeler was the man responsible for this design, which featured superposed double barrels that swiveled to access the next shot.
This specimen features dual caliber barrels: one is in .32 rimfire, while the other is .22 rimfire. The “top” barrel flat on the .32 caliber side reads “AMERICAN ARMS CO. BOSTON. MASS.”, and the .22 caliber side reads “WHEELER’S PAT. OCT. 31 1865 JUNE 19 1866”. Each side has its own front sight, made of German silver. The serial number is “1694” on the bottom of the grip frame with a matching number inside the right grip panel.
The overall condition is fine. 60% of the original blue finish remains with much of the silver plate visible on the brass frame. The markings are clear. The rosewood grips are in fine shape. The bores are in good shape with nice rifling. The action is excellent. Don’t let this rare Deringer get away!
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Barrel is 3 inches.
Caliber: .22 and .32 rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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