Ruggles Patent Underhammer Pistol

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  1. Feb 15, 2020 at 9:07 AM #1

    enfield

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    Recently , I started a new project .
    I'm lucky to have had the muzzle piece , cut off from a worn-out Swiss Grünig&Elminger barrel in perfect mirror state in cal. 7,5mm Swiss ( .30 ) and a very short twist , which should make very well for a frontloading pistol .( The rear end was REALLY worn after several 1000 shots ... )
    The rear third of the cutoff, I filed to an octagon of 21,5 mm , the front 2/3 i've turned to round on my 120 years old lathe . I cut a thread of 10X1mm and the same to the end plug , which is part of the " boxlock" - system . It's a really heavy barrel of 275mm length !
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    The provisional stock is only for getting an idea of the project ...Maybe , it will also have a detachable shoulder stock in the end ...:ghostly:

    If there is an interest , I'd be glad to share the progress with You .

    Rgds from Germany , enfield
     

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  2. Feb 15, 2020 at 10:32 AM #2

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    There is an interest. Please shar your progress. Thanks
     
  3. Feb 15, 2020 at 10:56 AM #3

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    After lots of filing and dremeling , the " breechplug-system" starts to look like it should ...Material is C-45 tool steel .
     
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  4. Feb 15, 2020 at 11:32 AM #4

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    Hi,
    Please tell us where you got the design?
    I really enjoy underhammer guns!
    Thank you for posting.
    Fred
     
  5. Feb 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM #5

    enfield

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    Well - For over 40 years now , I enjoy shooting muzzle loaders , having started with a Pedersoli " Le Page " pistol .
    Being an extreme precision afficionado , soon I startet to shoot vintage pistols , which are much more precise than newly built ones , as I had to learn . If there is an interest , I gladly share pictures of my collection with You .
    Years ago , I was lucky enough to purchase an old , original , Ruggles pistol , and since then , I'm an absolute fan of this underhammer construction .
    Most all of these pistols , which I was able to see since then , had outstandingly precice barrels of astoninglishly small calibers ( .28 - .41 but mostly in the .30 range ) which also shot extremely well , what led to the decision to try my hands on rebuilding them .
    Very helpful was the book of Herschel C. Logan " Underhammer Guns " for finding samples , how these beauties have to look like .
    I was also lucky to have had some old barrels from Vetterli and other vintage rifles of the 1850s on , so I started to build my own Ruggles style pistol for competition shooting , what I do since then with great success .
    By the way : The Ruggles Patent of 1825 was one , if not the very first patent in the US for a percussion gun - nothing but inverting the well known boxlock of English and Belgian pocket pistols . The only thing to do was to add a slot for letting the trigger pass through the mainspring .
    Only four moving parts : trigger + spring , hammer + spring ! No expences for a inletted stock , trigger guard etc , no hammer disturbing the sight line , lots of balls to be carried but sufficient for the rabbit , that was unfortunate enough to pass the settlers way ...
    Easy and cheap to build and , most important , affordable for the men hunting west and in a need for a gun, who mostly were not wealthy enough to afford a mostly foreign made weapon that decided whether there was anything in the frying pan in the evening :)
     
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  6. Feb 17, 2020 at 12:47 PM #6

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    Today , I started to file and install the hammer 20200217_134204.jpg 20200217_134229.jpg
     
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  7. Feb 17, 2020 at 3:52 PM #7

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    I'm very impressed with your skills. Interesting to see the step by step work you are doing. I've not handled one but you have peaked my curiosity. Thanks.
     

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