Antique Revolver, Turret Pistol, Cochran Type, NSN
Unsigned, 4.5”, .44-Caliber Octagon to Round Barrel
Several designs were attempted, including the nearly identical 1837 Cochran and an
1851 Porter among others; turret rifles were also attempted. None of these weapons
were successful, due to the row-firing hazard…the shooter himself being shot. The early
date and mechanical design peculiarities have always held the fascination of the
firearms curiosa community. As a result, they are extremely rare and much sought-after.
This Turret pistol Cochran or Cochran style. Completely unmarked and with no serial
number, all dimensions and action identical to Cochran pistols made by C.B. Allen of
Springfield, Massachusetts, except the top strap release. This may be an experimental
model, or an example by a maker other than C.B. Allen of Springfield Mass. Although
other makers are known, Allen was the major maker of Cochran Patent turret pistols.
To open the strap the rear sight is unscrewed instead of a latch as found on the usual
Cochran’s. Otherwise, standard underhammer, barrel and frame cast in one piece.
There is a copper star separating the nipples on the bottom of the turret.
It appears that this rarity was improperly stored as the inside of action and the bore
display the vestiges of time…old corrosion; two internal springs have been repaired or
replaced and a spacer installed. No doubt this pistol was lightly cleaned. The cylinder is
mostly smooth smoky gray with traces of blue; the area centering site is plumb-brown;
underside retains about 75% blue. The thumb-rest wings aft of frame and trigger strap
are mottled brown fading to smoky gray; barrel is gray with scatted dings and speckling.
Considering the rarity of these American turret pistols, it is fortunate to find one in any
condition. This one is priced very fairly! (Overall length: 10.5”)