Feminine CCW in the 1800s

    I recently blogged about boot pistols, a type of early CCW gun carried during the Civil War and postbellum era. The feminine equivalent of the boot pistol was the muff gun. (the name refers to the original definition1 , not the modern day slang). They were the same sort of concept just smaller and would have probably fired a smaller load (please correct me if I am wrong).

    This matched set was recently up for auction at GunBroker. The reserve price of $1525 was not met.

    Photos by “zocalo”

    Many thanks to Fred for the info.

    1. Muff (noun): “A small cylindrical fur or cloth cover, open at both ends, in which the hands are placed for warmth.” – The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 

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