EXTREMELY RARE VOLCANIC PISTOL CARBINE. SN 429. Cal. 41. Wonderful pistol carbine with 16-1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube with pinched pin front sight and adjustable rear sight in a dovetail in top strap of receiver. Top flat of bbl is marked with the volcanic company name & address in three lines and is a very faint strike. Pistol has No. 2 Navy sized frame mounted with 2-pc walnut grips numbered to this pistol. SN was observed on left side of buttstrap, under grip, inside both grips, right side of lever and inside both sideplates. No additional dismantling was effected to check for additional matching parts. Pistol has a detachable, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut stock with straight grip and crescent brass buttplate. Top of buttplate tang is marked with the SN “424” and the stock attaching iron, butt stock under the buttplate and inside tang of buttplate along with the two buttplate screws are stamped with the assembly number “48”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 300 of these rare pistol carbines were produced by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. from 1855-1857. In 1857 Oliver Winchester purchased the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. and reorganized it as the New Haven Arms Co. but apparently did not continue producing the pistol carbine. This pistol carbine is one of the most rare collectibles in the lever action collecting field. PROVENANCE: Dr. Edmund Lewis Collection CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except stock (as often found)as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong orig blue, somewhat thinned on the bbl with a few minor old spots on the rotating sleeve and a couple of small scattered spots of fine pitting. Frame & sideplates have strong sharp edges and retain a wonderful dark coffee colored patina. Lever & hammer retain dark faded case colors with a casting flaw in left side of hammer. Grips have a few small chips in the edges with light handling & use nicks & scratches and overall retain most of their orig varnish. Stock is sound with minor nicks & scratches and a couple of small bruises and retains about all of its orig varnish. Buttplate retains a very dark blackish brass patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a tiny spot or two of light pitting. Illustrated in Evolution of the Winchester by R. Bruce Mcdowell and in the forthcoming book Volcanic Firearms by Edmund Lewis and Stephen Rutter. 4-41302 JR71 (30,000-40,000)
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