One-Barrel Four-Shot Muzzleloading Ratchet Pistol (Photos and Video)
Russ Chastain 04.30.16
The video title refers to this gun as “superposed,” which some may find confusing. In firearms terms, “superposed” usually refers to over/under shotguns, and especially to Browning’s old classic over/under shotguns whose model name is “Superposed.”
In this case, “superposed” refers to the fact that this muzzleloading handgun is designed to be loaded with 4 loads rather than just one, and the loads are stacked one on top of the other in the gun’s bore.
I recently featured a video of another weird old gun that uses this same “technology,” a Walch revolver with 6 chambers that can be fired 12 times because each chamber gets loaded twice.
This .53-caliber smoothbore “ratchet pistol” has been heavily customized, as it was originally a single-shot pistol of the underhammer design.
The conversion, done long, long ago by some unknown gunsmith, uses a clever but simple design to allow cocking and firing of four individual percussion side hammers by working a large ring trigger.
This gun sold at auction in 2014 for a whopping $10,000!
Definitely a one-of-a-kind handgun.