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Ever since I bought a S&W baby Russian earlier in the summer I've been thinking about this Pepperbox that was next to it. And ever since I was a kid and played the game "Clue" I've wanted one. This is what I once thought a "revolver" was and I guess technically it is.
Anyway, I happened by the gun shop today and it was still there. Most Pepperboxes I see are in pretty rough shape but this one is really nice and seemed like a pretty decent deal. The shop owner knocked about $90 off of it since it had been sitting there a while. Not a lot of demand in these parts for these things. The only thing that is missing is the mainspring strain screw but doesn't seem to be necessary for the gun to operate properly. From what I read it is just to adjust the spring tension anyway. But if anyone out there knows who would have one of these screws please let me know.
All I know about it is that it is .32 caliber, the barrel is about 4" long, "Allen & Thurber" and "Worcester" puts the date of manufacture between 1847-1854. Ever part that has a number is stamped "13" so this is either the serial number or just an assembly number. I don't know if these were serial numbered or not.
So I took it apart as far as I dared and flushed it out with Rem oil and brushed it out wherever I could get to with a tooth brush. This thing hasn't been apart in loooong time by the looks of it. I brushed the surface rust out of the barrels oiled it up and it seems to work perfectly. Oil was bubbling out of all of the nipples so I know those aren't plugged which is good.
Below are my after clean up pics and before clean up when I had it disassembled.
If anyone has any further information they could share regarding this gun please share.
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Yes DA only. Note the little coil spring at the top of the action. This forces a detent forward which indexes into an area on the back of the barrel cluster to stop the rotation when the barrel comes in line with the hammer. Here's a video of me working the action without dry firing it:

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My pepperbox is not as nice as Twaits' but is interesting insofar as it is also a double action but with a different firing mechanism. A hinged hook attached to the ring trigger engages a slot in the hammer and drags it back then releases it at the end of the trigger travel, firing the bottom barrel.
Markings are "J R Coopers Patent" and has British proof marks and no visible numbers.

From the internet: Joseph Rock Cooper 1838-63. Birmingham Gun & Pistol maker 24 Legge St. 1838-54, Woodcock St. and 77 Baggot St.
Many designs for improved guns and pistols but probably best known for his improved pepperbox revolving pistol. Continued as Cooper & Goodman until 1886, which company were War Office Contractors and made amongst other things P'53 Rifles including commercial versions for the ACW.


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Looks like the Blunt and Syms pepperboxes. I was wondering how that firing mechanism worked. There was a pretty nice Blunt and Syms on gunbroker a couple weeks ago for a nice price. I considered picking it up but someone hit buy now pretty quickly on it. What I like about it is the nipples are removable. On the Allen I have they are not. They are milled right into the barrel cluster which is a pretty poor design. I guess it was meant to be thrown away after the nipples were worn out. My hammer doesn't come in full contact with the nipples so it might not fire at all. I don't know how much airspace is between the hammer and the nipple but if it is very much I'm guessing it wont fire.
 
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