Under hammer “boot pistol”

    This under hammer percussion pistol was manufactured, probably in the mid-late 1800′s, by Bacon & Co. These types of guns where known as “boot pistols”. I don’t know for sure where the name comes from, but would guess these were backup guns that could be stowed away inside your boot – in other words an early sub-compant CCW 🙂

    I love the clean lines on this gun.

    For those of you who are interested, its markings are “Bacon & Co. Norwich C-T” and “Cast Steel”.

    Thanks to Heath for the photos.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!