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Period Personal Pocket Pistols

Period Personal Pocket Pistols
By Tom Metcalf-Jackson 11 months ago 538 Views No comments


Fantastic range of antique personal pocket pistols available at Henry Krank & Co.

The 19th century was abound with brigands, thieves, wild dogs and other dangers, and no self-respecting lady or gentleman about town would be complete without some form of small, personal arm to defend against sundry ne’er-do-wells.


As with other guns considered novelties today, personal defense pistols were in their infancy, and this consequently led to a great number of designers and inventers trying to corner the market for a short range, easy to use pistol.

Available in all sorts of weird and wonderful designs, mechanisms, and sizes,from the relatively practical Colt Derringers, to the entirely bizarre Chicago Pocket Protector and Kolibri pistols. We may chuckle at their quaint and unusual designs today, but it is humbling to think people may have had to trust their lives to such devices.

Marketed often at ladies, such as the Chicago Pocket Protector, or for a specific purpose, such as the Velodog pistol, early pocket pistols offer a fascinating insight into late 19th century firearms design when all the usual things that make a good gun are disregarded.

Here at Henry Krank & Co, we love weird and wonderful small arms, and early pocket pistols are no exception. We have a lovely range of mid-late 19th century pocket pistols available for sale now.

To view the full range of antique pocket pistols, click here.

For a full selection of our other antiques, please click here.

To order, please either email us at sales@henrykrank.com or telephone 0113 2569163. All our antiques are shipped on a 24-hour service. We understand buying online or over the telephone isn’t quite the same as having the item in your hands, therefore, as with all our antiques, we offer a no quibble returns policy if for whatever reason you’re unhappy with your purchase. Simply return the item for a full refund.

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