The Amazing Apache Pistol

Amazing mostly through its original look, because in terms of effectiveness, Apache was more of a toy-gun.

Popular as a self-defense weapon, at the end of the 19th century, the Apache was a small weapon, measuring only 4 cm across, when folded. The blade, if we can even call it that, was only a little over 3 cm long, and very thin. If you were to stab someone with that thing, you would get yourself in even more trouble as that would only piss him off.

In terms of firepower, the Apache isn’t much stronger than it is in close quarter combat, the short nozzle and the fact that the hammer doesn’t hit the back of the cartridge, like it does in modern weapons, made it pretty week.

The knuckle-duster-like handle had such tiny finger holes that only the skinniest could fit in, so it’s no surprise the Apache didn’t make a big impact as a weapon. It did have in interesting design though, so it became a collectible. Most of the ones left today are plated with gold and sell for no less than $4,000





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  • rickybobby Posted on August 17, 2011

    “Nozzle”? “Hammer doesn’t hit the back of the cartridge”? I don’t want to sound like an ass or be insulting, but you know nothing about firearms.

    I think you mean “muzzle” or “barrel”. These were a type of revolver known as a pepperbox. Instead of the separate cylinder and barrel of a modern revolver, the pepperbox was essentially a revolving cluster of individual barrels.

    To fire a cartridge, the hammer MUST strike the primer. These type of pistols used an obsolete system known as the pinfire or Lefacheaux. Instead of a modern rimfire or center-fire primer, it had a pin protruding from the rear rim of the cartridge that was struck by the hammer.

    Like most small pistol cartridges of the era, they were not very powerful. However, it was not an inherent weakness to all Lefacheaux/pinfire cartridges. Pinfire revolvers in excess of 11mm calibre were common in Eastern Europe, particularly Montenegro, into the early 20th century and were quite effective weapons. Pinfire shotguns were among the first truly practical cartridge sporting arms, as well.

    The pinfire’s was not without its problems, the protruding pin was subject to shock, which could discharge the cartridge and could become dislodged. However, it was significant in the development of modern cartridges and rather successful in its day.