Aw, c'mon, guys: Don't we all have closets full of stuff we don't use everyday, but are fun as heck to have anyway? The man's lookin' for a shootin arn n asked a question:
OK - I like the Remington because it has a solid frame and a reliable safety. Some feel that the Colt droops over time because of the hinged frame. The Remington won't. I like the Remington safety. Halfway between each chamber on the cylinder, there's a notch. The hammer fits in it. When the hammer is cocked, the cylinder automatically rotates to the next chamber. I think that's cool. (But then again, I'm mezmerized by the "rotate to the right and move forward ballet of the Nagant 1895. Simple minds are easily amused.)
Now, sometimes when I'm doing an early war scenario, I carry a derringer in my pocket, or shoved bravely in my belt. Single shot pocket guns, pepperboxes and multibarrel guns were pretty common throughout the war. There were a number of Sharps 4-barrells scavenged from the Gettysburg battlefield. Having said that: I would not fire a derringer, pepperbox or Sharps pistol in the reenacting setting. Their safety distance is simply too small. You can find non-firing replicas that look pretty good, are inexpensive and will endanger no one. I use a little Queen Anne pistol when I do 18th c. and it's always suited the living history purposes well.
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
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