Coil-spring powered gallery gun  


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23rd September 2019 17:44  

Coil-spring powered gallery gun 

This unusual gun sold on for 748 euros.

With thanks to Matt for the heads up.

See below for interesting comments on this gun on


On the BBS, John G said: "An amazing gun, with regard to its unique mechanism, build quality and age.

IMO the springs are most likely to be original for the reason that they are made of brass. Brass was a much more common material for springs in the 18th and 19th century than it is today (the cocking rod return spring on the 1870's Eureka pistol was made of brass for example). If anyone in more recent times had wanted to replace the original springs, I cannot see why they would replace them with brass ones when steel ones would be so much more readily available and also more effective.

I doubt that this gun would ever have had volute springs as they only tended to be used when maximum power in a limited space was required. There is plenty of space to accommodate compresssed coil springs in this gun, and high power would not be desirable because of its method of cocking.

The rear sight protective tube is interesting and I have never come across anything like it before on 18th-19th century gallery guns. I wonder what its purpose was?

The gun must also have had a peep sight judging from the brass mounting peg on the stock. This is similar to the peep sight mounting on my strike-pump rifle of the same period. Mine also has the normal open front and rear sights present, and the rear sight blade can be folded down when the peep sight is in use. Unfortunately you can't make out the rear sight clearly on this gun to see if it also has this feature.

It is interesting to compare the narrow brass springs on this gun with the massive steel one in mine. There is no way you could compress that just with a foot stirrup cocking aid!

I can't believe that the unique triple-spring gun sold for only £650 on eGun - and the seller was prepared to post to the UK. I am still kicking myself for missing it !! It's got to be worth a couple of thousand at least."

Frank (Frakor) said: "My guess is, it had a 2 part cocking lever in a "T"shape.
1 part going into the stock to grab the piston stem and the other part rotating on the knob on the buttpad.

Something like this:"


John G replied: "That's a great idea Frank, and it helps to explain the curious knob on the butt plate, which as a cosmetic embellishment always looked out of place to me. With a suitably long arm on your predicted cocking device you would certainly get a much bigger mehanical advantage than a direct pull action against a foot-stirrup device.

If that gun were mine, the first thing I would do would be to make one of your cocking units and test it out. It would be nice for the historical record if the new owner of the gun would do that and report on the results. I don't suppose this very likely though and the gun it is probably destined to be non-functioning wall hanger that we will never hear of again. 

This gun is so unique, it really deserves to be in a museum."

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