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Allen & Thurber Single-Shot


Single-Shot, Side-Hammer Pistol (1848)


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This Allen & Thurber design was a peculiar-looking single-shot pistol intended for competition.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/03/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Allen & Thurber single-shot pistol was developed for competition shooting. It was a single-shot pistol based on the percussion firing principle set in the .41 caliber.

Design was of wood and metal with the barrel being made of steel. The cast-steel barrel was removable up to the breech and mad up 8 inches of the gun's length. The pistol grip was integrated into the receiver as was common in all early systems of this type. The trigger was curved outward in the profile and protected by an elegant trigger guard that allowed for a additional fingers to stabilized the weapon. The barrel was rounded and relatively featureless save for the forward sight. The midsection of the body was octagonal in shape. The hammer sat along the left side of the body and a ramrod was held under the barrel.

Some 300 such pistols were thought to have been produced beginning in the 1840s and continuing into the 1850s.

Specifications



Service Year
1848

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Classification


Single-Shot, Side-Hammer Pistol


Allen & Thurber - USA
National flag of the United States United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Action


Percussion System

Percussion Cap
Utilizes the percussion cap system of operation to actuate ignition of propellant; much like a child's cap gun, small explosive caps are set upon nipples and these are actuated by a falling hammer previously cocked.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


.41

Rounds / Feed


Single-Shot
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.


Allen & Thurber Single-Shot - Base Series Designation


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