This five-inch barreled, nickeled and engraved, pearl-handled .41 Colt “Thunderer” was taken from Hardin in May 1895 by Deputy Sheriff Will Ten Eyck for “unlawfully carrying a pistol” in the Gem Saloon in El Paso, Texas. It was never returned to him, and Ten Eyck later repaired the cracked grip. – Courtesy Kurt House Collection / By Paul Goodwin –
Tantutu (pistols) Matchlock pistols all have very straight grips which are difficult to hold. To open the pan cover on a pistol the left hand is also required. Pistols were not regarded as reasonable weapons so the number of pistols is not large. A strong arm was needed to manage the straight grip.