Unusual Pistol Can Be Cocked and Fired One-Handed

White-Merrill pistol

Clever, isn't it? This 1907 design from White-Merrill was made for horse cavalry soldiers who needed a one-handed weapon:

The unusual feature of this pistol was the provision of a finger-operated lever beneath the trigger guard, which, when squeezed, drew back the slide to allow the weapon to be cocked with one hand. This feature is said to have been provided for the benefit of the US Cavalry, who could thus retain control of their horse while cocking the pistol.

It could fire ten .45-caliber rounds fed individually or with a stripper clip.

Link -via Rare, Antique & Beautiful Firearms


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A revolver can be cocked and fired with one hand. Plus they can hold 6 bullets without having to reload. So I don't see the point of this. This gun fires 1 bullet that has to be fed individually. You need both hands to reload. No doubt the invention of someone with no battlefield experience.
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A gun like this was featured on Pawn Stars. Apparently, although a cool idea, these things had a lot of mechanical difficulties (with jams, etc.). They are more of an oddity than an innovation.
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