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    Thumbs up Added another odd ball to my pile!

    I admit it.... I am addicted to guns that are odd, different, and plain out weird! Especially guns in .22LR. Many of my friends and acquaintances are aware of this which benefits me because I have many eyes in many places looking for odd stuff I might not already have!

    I got a phone call from a friend about 10:00 last night. He owns a pawn shop in Ocala and he called on his way home to let me know he had a gun I might be interested in. I was there when he opened up and looked at the gun. Yup, I had to have it....

    The gun is a .22LR, 10 shot pepperbox, built by Leinad (Cobray) in Ducktown, Tn. I already have a double barrel, .45 Colt/410 derringer made by the same company in my collection. These little guns have appreciated very nicely over time. They could originally be bought for $59 or $69 a number of years ago and now they are bringing 250 to $400 when you can find one.

    To load the gun the barrels/chambers (one piece) are removed and a round is inserted into each chamber they the gun is reassembled. There is a notch rear sight on the grip frame of the gun and each barrel has it's mown front sight. To shoot the gun you pull the trigger and then manually rotate the cylinder to the next barrel, cock and shoot, and repeat until the gun is empty.

    It is not an expensive fancy gun. In fact it is really just an oddball gun that always gets a lot of attention when at the range!

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    What is the vintage on that? Was it a precursor to the auto-rotating cylinder? Interesting little gun. I can understand your desire for it!
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    Those were made in the 1980s and 90s.
    I used to have a couple of them. I can only find my 12 gauge flare launcher one.
    The other one, a 45 caliber muzzle loader, is missing.
    The safety on them always bothered me since you had to put it on to load/open the action and off to fire it.
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    I imagine that you will play hell finding a speed loader for that!
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    I am drooling with envy.
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    Soooo unique and cool. Love it.
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    So, does that shoot the cartridges sequentially in rotation or do all 10 fire at once? I thought the original pepper box guns (of the 1800s) shot a load of ball shot all at once.
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    The gun fires each individual shot in rotation as the shooter rotates the cylinder one shot at a time.

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    The original Mississippi river boat gambler pepper boxes indeed fired one round at a time. They were "revolvers" of an early age and loaded loose black powder and ball and were fired by cap. Then, Sam Colt decided one didn't need, but one barrel.
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