HCA Double Barrel Model MC Muzzleloading Pistol
Russ Chastain 07.11.16
When local gunsmith George Halstead decided to build another double-barreled muzzleloading pistol, he opted to make it nicer than his own–and to give it to his sister. He even got hold of a nice wooden box and made a custom-fitted presentation case for it.
Unlike the prototype, this one has powder coated barrels and polished bronze fittings, and each grip panel has an indian head nickel inlaid into it.
Like his prototype, it is a smoothbore with a pair of barrels, but only one hammer to fire them.
The front sights are bronze blades soldered to the barrel band.
The front part of the hammer can pivot from side to side when the hammer is cocked, to allow it to hit the right or left nipple. So the same hammer works both barrels.
Speaking of barrels, they are made of 4140 cold roll steel. They’re about 4 inches long and are bored to about .44 caliber.
I call this the Model MC because it was made (and specially engraved) for Maureen Chase.
The “cracked bone” appearance was made on purpose to add character to the grips. Rust–yes, rust–was used to stain the polymer to give it an older appearance.
Halstead made this ramrod from an old brass candlestick.
The HCA Model MC is about 8 inches long, 4 inches high, and weighs in at 1.60 pounds (25.6 ounces). Caliber is .44 and the barrels are smoothbore–but who’s gonna use this little jewel for target practice anyhow?
HCA’s price for a gun like this one is $450, which is plenty cheap considering all the hours he puts into them and their uniqueness. And he will also offer a single-barrel model for $300. For more info, contact:
Halstead Custom Arms
23455 NE 160 Avenue Road
Fort McCoy, FL 32134