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Hi this pistol was from my Grandfather. I don't know anything about it. He served WWII and stormed the beaches in the first wave. Closest I have found is a Flobert or German target pistol. There are no markings that I see. It appears to be a rim fire.
 

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Flobert has become something of a generic name for simple breech loading pistols (some long guns too) but a true Flobert has no breech closure. The cartridge head is open to the world until the hammer falls. In place of breech blockage, it has a massively heavy hammer that has the firing pin as a part of it. The heavy hammer provides breech closure for its very low powered cartridge.

Yours is primitive breech loading pistol of break open design, probably as others have said, intended for indoor amusement shooting.

There were countless designs & configurations by as many makers in mid 1800s which makes ID & source unlikely. Yours probably once was a handsome piece, considering the detail of its stock, etc.

Here's another one the same comments apply to except it is percussion ignition, barrel breaks down & the little breech block bearing the nipple hinges sideways. I was probably best to shoot the .31 cal perc paper cartridge.

What is with the 3 indents on the breech break on mine?
 
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