Under hammer "boot pistol"

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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
Steve Johnson

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  • JOHN J BATTY JOHN J BATTY on Jan 11, 2010

    There will be a good quality boot pistol together with 100plus other antique firearms coming for sale by auction in Edinburgh Scotland on 20th April 2010
    for more information see www.lyonandturnbull.com during March when the catalogue will be on line this will be a special sale from a Scottish Castle.

  • Mike Mike on Aug 24, 2012

    i have the same gun. it has a number stamped 103, was wondering what the value might be.