Here is a small collection of typical or notable pistols spanning from the sixteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century.
- Barrel for number 4.
- Wheel-lock pistol of the sixteenth century. This was the sort of pistol used by the German cavalry, and also by the Ritter, or knights.
- Wheel-lock pistol with double barrel, beginning of the seventeenth century.
- Wheel-lock pistol, firing seven shots.
- Double wheel-lock, end of the sixteenth century. Arsenal of Zurich.
- Wheel-lock and mortar pistol, called in German Katzenkopf, of the seventeenth century.
- Wheel-lock and mortar pistol of the seventeenth century. It is entirely of iron.
- Flint-lock pistol, end of the seventeenth century.
- Pistol with flint-lock, of the beginning of the eighteenth century.
- Colt’s revolver, invented by Samuel Colt, of the United States, in 1835.
- Mat revolver, invented a short time back by M. Le Mat.
The illustrations and descriptions have been taken fromÂ An Illustrated History of Arms and Armour: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, by Auguste Demmin, and translated by Charles Christopher Black. Published in 1894 by George Bell.