German Double Barrel 9mm Pinfire Pistol
This is a German double barrel pinfire pistol. Double your pleasure and double your fun with two barrels, two hammers and 2 triggers... what could be better? Looks to be from the mid to late 1890's. It has the post 1891 German proof marks on the barrel bottom and frame side. No makers marks that I can see. The carved design on the grip is basic and similiar in pattern to others I have seen from this time.
Close up of the trigger group, hammers (left fully and right half cocked), barrel lock and grip carving.
The hammers have two detents. The first position is half cocked and allows the barrel to be broke open and loaded or unloaded. The second position is fully cocked or all the way back for firing. The barrel lock is on the underside and needs to swing to the right to unlock. There is one trigger for each hammer. The rear sight is a standard notched sight located on the frame, right behind the barrel. The front sight is an adjustable threaded brass pin at the front of the barrel.
It seems to be an item of decent quality, though not as refined as more modern pieces of the same era. The mechanisms all seem to function fine. I assume it was made by a small firm that continued making older designs for the local population, most likely by hand.
Both barrels are rifled. This one is set up to use 9mm pinfire rounds. 7mm, 12mm and 15mm were also popular pinfire calibers.