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Unusual Mossberg ‘brownie’ pistol


111111By Roger Williams

I have had this little pistol in my gun cabinet for several years. It has not been fired in a long time. It has four separate chambers and barrels that holds 22-caliber bullets. With the pull of the trigger, the firing pin rotates when fired to move to each barrel for another shot.

The pistol was manufactured by O.F. Mossberg & Sons in New Haven, Conn. It has a patent date of July 27, 1920 imprinted on the barrel.

The model is a “brownie” and its serial number is imprinted on its base.

This a four-shot pistol which loads from the breakdown position of the barrels at mid-point, and locks into place when closed before firing.

The pistol is of such an unusual design, I thought you may be able to help identify the popularity of the weapon in its heyday. I would think it was designed as a pocket or purse weapon. Any information regarding this little pistol would be appreciated and can be forwarded to me through The Southwest Times.

I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about this old pistol.



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