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SUNDIAL CANNON: This curious time piece is an excellent example of the now scarce sundial guns. The variant pictured is of marble, brass and glass construction dating from approximately 1850. The cannon is a brass miniature fixture with a .30 caliber bore.

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The Sundial Cannon-This sundial gun is of marble, brass & glass construction dating from approximately 1850. The cannon is a brass mini fixture with a .30 ca bore. As the sun moves across the sky, the beam is narrowed through the suspended glass lens gnomon & travels along the stone etched arc, ticking off the hours at each pass. At Noon, the sun’s rays land on the cannon’s breech, sparking a powder charge previously placed in the trough-shaped touchhole.

Triple-Barreled Perry Percussion Rifle- From the donor’s supplied family history, covering five generations with this rifle, that every time today’s GUN OF THE DAY was used for hunting, game came home for the table. Maybe it was just having three ready shots on hand, perhaps the heart-shaped rear sight helped, or maybe this was one lucky gun…

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    Has no one pointed out that this is actually a Sharps saddle ring carbine?

US Navy Remington Rolling Block Rifle - Remington licensed Springfield Armory to manufacture just over 22,000 .50 caliber rifles for a US Navy contract during 1870-71. The first 10,000 rifles were outright rejected by the Navy & wound up being later sold to France, just in time for the Franco-Prussian War. In 1889, the Navy decided to have Winchester convert about 100 rifles from their remaining stockpile to .22 caliber for training purposes. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Ann Patrick Double Rifle - Our GOTD is a percussion double rifle built by Ann Patrick of Liverpool. With big .70 caliber bores, this double rifle was likely manufactured when Ann Patrick had her shop from 1820-1830 at 44 Strand Street and was the daughter of Jeremiah Patrick, a noted flintlock gunmaker of Liverpool. The unique engraving on this piece also gives you the chance to see something looking back to you when you examine the patchbox. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Dreyse Revolver - While his father’s zundnadelgewehr (needle-gun) was only a single-shot – Franz von Dreyse went for repeating capability with his revolver design. Made in .32, .35 and our example’s .39 caliber in the late 1860s; perhaps this wasn’t the best time to offer a handgun that required a long needle firing pin to detonate the primer deep inside the cartridge? The Dreyse revolver saw limited military and commercial acceptance. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA

Colt M1862 Police revolver - 150 years ago, the Colt factory had a bad day. It burned down. Believed started by Confederate agents, the Colt fire in 1864 put a real crimp in the company’s percussion revolver production for the remainder of the year. But one gun that didn’t burn up in Hartford, CT was this engraved Colt .36 caliber revolver. This five-shot handgun probably sold for an elevated price in the high demand market of 1864. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Marston Three Barrel Derringer - About 1,500 derringers in .22 caliber were produced by William W. Marston of New York City from 1858 to 1864. His design included two unusual features: a selector switch to choose which barrel to fire and lso a sliding knife that mounted on the side of the barrels. While our example is missing the blade (anybody got a spare?), our selector still functions normally and is set up for barrel #2 at present. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA

Simeon North M1816 Pistol - There was a time when men were men and pistols were smoothbores, and our GOTD was one of the best. Made by Simeon North in Middletown, CT, about 20,000 examples of the Model 1816 were to be produced from 1817 to 1820. One way to tell early from later manufacture M1816 flintlock pistols is to see if the lockplate is smiling. At the #NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Alexander Henry Howdah Pistol - Hunters in India after dangerous game employed an elevated platform, or howdah, mounted on the back of an elephant. As final defense if a tiger were to claw its way to the hunter up the back of the elephant, the howda pistol, a heavy caliber single or double-barreled pistol was available. This gold-embellished .577 Snyder cal. example is one of the finest known. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA