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© This Section of The Photo Gallery is getting very interesting as Old West Daily Reader Contributors offer up the pictures from their personal collections. Please respect their ownership of these photographs. All shown here by permission….
A few photos included in The Weapon Photos are in the Public Domain in the United States of America. Western photographers are noted in the Players (if I have a workable date for them) [LOC = Library of Congress]. Nothing in the way of enhancement has been done to the old photographs, they are as originally produced.
Dutch Contributor Dirk Lagerwij collects the older guns of the American West. Some of these guns are very rare and others were common on the frontier. They span the time from percussion ignition to rimfire cartridges. Many of these firearms were used well into the time of more modern guns, pinfire, rimfire and centerfire cartridges.
American Contributor Mike Long’s Revolvers extend the percussion period into the time of more the more familiar big western handguns. The “conversion” period of the percussion revolvers to rimfire and then centerfire is nicely documented by Mike’s guns.
Dutch OWDR Contributor Harry Spijker gives us a pic or two and, of course, my few antiques (usually used for performance) are here as well.
Always looking for interesting, good quality photos of
Western era antique firearms for The Reader.
I require valid written permission to use personal or copyrighted material!
Ammunition – Then & Now
Metallic Cartridges – Pinfire, Rimfire and Centerfire: a small collection so far. Looking for more!
Dirk’s Derringers P. 1
These small handguns were often inexpensive, quite concealable and easy to carry. Sometimes as a backup guns and other times the only gun a person had. A favorite of the soiled doves. (Divided into two pages to improve page loading times)
Dirk’s Derringers P. 2
Most of these little guns were single shot but there are two small pepperboxes shown here.
Dirk’s Pistols & Pepperboxes
Here are the early, larger pocket pistols and belt guns. Usually still single shot but with larger more effective calibers. Again spanning percussion to rimfire.
Several larger pepperboxes and a double barrel appear here. These guns were early attempts to provide multiple shots in a single firearm. Generally heavier and more difficult to carry and conceal.
Dirk’s Revolvers P. 1
Again percussion to rimfire but now multiple shots in much handier guns. (divided into two pages to improve page loading times)
Dirk’s Revolvers P 2
Some of these are starting to show more modern configurations…
The knives, swords, lances and hawks. (looking for photos!)
Progressive, unusual, or representative guns of the times [not necessarily Western] (looking for photos!)
Now the more “modern” centerfire guns begin to appear…
Here are the carbines, rifles and shotguns; civilian and military. Single shots to repeaters; .22′s to buffalo guns.
Mike’s Revolvers P. 1
This collection begins to show the “more advanced” and generally much larger percussion revolvers of the mid-1800′s; you begin to see the oncoming transition to metallic cartridges.
Mike’s Revolvers P. 2
Now moving fully into the realm of metallic cartridges and the big guns of the cowboy west. (not much here yet but it’s on the way!)
Percussion Firearms Accessories
A simplified look at operating and maintaining a percussion firearm. Mostly about pistols but not much different for rifles and shotguns. (looking for photos!)