View Full Version : British Transitional Pepperbox revolver how to load

January 16, 2013, 10:19 PM
Just came across this marvelous firearm on the internet.. Do any of you know how one would load such a little beastie???


January 17, 2013, 09:20 AM
I would reckon you load it like a leverless Wells Fargo.

January 17, 2013, 09:28 AM
I've heard somewhere that when shooting a pepperbox, the only safe place is standing in front of whatever target you're aiming at. I believe they were prone to chainfires.

January 17, 2013, 09:29 AM
would imagine the little pin under the barrel come out and the barrel & cylinder are removed.... But that is just a SWAG...

For some reason the lines on that gun are very elegant

January 17, 2013, 06:02 PM
I think your right about the pin, that what it looked like to me. bout the same as my Wells Fargo. Chain fire, don't see why they would be more prone, hell the nipples (one school of thought in chainfire theory) are offset. I wouldn't think they would be any more , or any less prone to them than any other revolver.

January 17, 2013, 06:23 PM
I can't back it up, just something I heard that may just have been someones personal opinion. :o

In the reading I've done about them, chainfires are breifly mentioned but in the same context as we see for our more familiar colt and remington replicas. You're probably right about them not being any more or less prone than any other BP gun we shoot.

January 17, 2013, 07:35 PM
Sometimes all its six barrels would go off at once, and then there was no safe place in all the region round about, but behind it.
Mark Twain

He was talking about a multiple barreled gun. I'm not sure the one in the pic is a pepperbox since it has one barrel. It looks like it's double action - pull the trigger and it cocks then fires the round.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper-box (Transitional revolver)
According to that article, it looks like the transitional revolvers were also prone to chainfires.

January 17, 2013, 07:40 PM
hmmm...in the case of a multi barrelled version, a chainfire might even be desirable. A hail of lead at close range!

January 18, 2013, 11:32 AM
I tells ya what Indy, you just send that pepperbox down here to Texas an ole Brazos will personally test fire it for ya! ;)

January 18, 2013, 11:41 AM
I'm not sure the one in the pic is a pepperbox since it has one barrel.
I too do not see a classic Pepperbox, rather an early concept of a revolver. .. :rolleyes:

NOW, If you look at the rear boss or breach end of the barrel, you will notice a cut-out of entrance ramp that would allow you to load both powder and ball, much like the standard C&B revolvers. What is missing here, is the loading lever or rod. You will also notice that the cylinder is short. What I suspect they did, was load a light powder charge and just pushed the ball in, until it was flush or cleared the barrel. This could be done with just about and flat surface. Not much room for a short start. .... :)

I also find the cap loading access, to favor a right hand shooter. .... :)

Be Safe !!!

January 18, 2013, 03:11 PM
He's got a point there, it isn't really a textbook pepperbox. That said, the offer still stands Indy, lol!:D

January 18, 2013, 05:26 PM
I guess that is why it is called a " Transitional Pepperbox " a cross between a patterson and a pepperbox.... Hey Brazosdave I hate to be sounding cheap here, but you really need to send me the $1000 first, I do not have the gun, but to show my good faith I will pick up the shipping :D

January 18, 2013, 06:03 PM
oh, I thought you had drank too much of Fly's shine and was perplexed at something that just had arrived in the mail. That's me, always of service trying to help folks out;)

January 18, 2013, 06:41 PM
Dis B a revolving pepperbox


and a Sharps-type, non-revolving