LADIES PIN FIRE REVOLVER, circa 1850
A very small hand pistol with a lock for firing Pin Fire Cartridges.
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This gun is so small that ladies in the 1800's would be able to conceal it in their hand muffs. Pin fire Cartridges have a small pin protruding outward from the circumference of the blunt end, when the hammer of the weapon is released it forces the pin inwards, this creates the spark necessary to fire the charge. Calibre 7mm.
Pin-fire became obsolete once reliable rim-fire and centerfire cartridges became available