View Full Version : Cane gun info?

July 30, 2007, 03:52 PM
Where might one find info on an old cane gun? Hypothetically, of course.

July 30, 2007, 04:42 PM
Just google Cane Guns. To my supprise you can buy a modern cane gun.

July 30, 2007, 05:09 PM
Yeah...tried Googling, but was unable to find any pertinent info. This hypothetical cane gun is verifiably old (1900 - 1920), centerfire, rifled bore, about 44 cal, with a dark grey bone (or horn, or plastic) handle. Rotating the handle while holding the barrel will open the action for loading, and rotating a smaller sleeve in front of the handle will expose the trigger. There are no markings on this hypothetical item, other than a stamped number.

James K
July 30, 2007, 05:36 PM
This discussion is hypothetical because cane guns firing fixed ammunition are an "any other weapon" under the NFA and are illegal unless registered. In addition, they are banned by a number of state and local laws.

I have seen a few and while some were produced by regular gun makers and so marked, many have no marking at all.

There is zero market, of course, unless the cane gun is registered and few were.


July 30, 2007, 06:15 PM
The best all-around reference for something like this is a book called "Cane Curiosa: From Gun to Gadget", by Catherine Dike. You may be able to find a copy in a library, but most of the editions I've seen go for a couple of hundred dollars.

Edit to add: You can do a search for a local library that has a copy at:http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/search?qt=worldcat_org&q=Cane+Curiosa&submit=Search

July 30, 2007, 06:39 PM
Oh, yes, Jim Keenan...this discussion is definitely of a hypothetical nature. This type of item is illegal.

SDC...just the info I was asking for. Thanks!!!