SCARCE Antique L.B. TAYLOR .32 Rimfire Single Shot DERINGER Pistol c1869
One of Only 1,800 Made of this Desirable Single Shot!
Here we present an antique L.B. Taylor Single-Shot Deringer Pocket Pistol in .32 made circa 1869 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Taylor’s small single shot may have only been made from 1868 to 1870, but deringer collectors are always on the lookout for one of these nifty little pistols. Flayderman’s Guide estimates production to be around 1,800 units. It’s in .32 caliber with a 3.5″ octagon barrel. The top of barrel is clearly marked “L.B. TAYLOR & CO. CHICOPEE MASS.”
Typical of many pistols and revolvers we see from the 1850’s and 60’s, it has a cast brass frame and steel barrel. The barrel slides forward out of the frame via a machined rail attached underneath. It is released by depressing a lever on the bottom of the frame. Conceptually, they operate on the same principle as the Williamson Deringers produced by National Firearms (circa 1866-70) as both pistols have frames to accommodate a sliding barrel. It would be just a few decades later that this design would be reversed with the barrel sliding backwards in the first semi-automatic Colt and Browning pistols.
The overall condition is good. The action functions. The bore is in good shape. The grips are firm and stable despite a small crack on the right side. All numbers match. With only 1800 being produced, any example you run across from the Chicopee, MA gunmaker is a good find!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .32 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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