One-Barrel Four-Shot Muzzleloading Ratchet Pistol (Photos and Video)

   04.30.16

One-Barrel Four-Shot Muzzleloading Ratchet Pistol (Photos and Video)

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.

(Photo: Rock Island Auction Co.)
(Photo: Rock Island Auction Co.)

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.

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This gun sold at auction in 2014 for a whopping $10,000!

Definitely a one-of-a-kind handgun.

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