Remington Cane Gun

Remington Cane Gun

At first, only .31 caliber percussion cane guns were manufactured and sold by Remington. Pre-Civil War advertising refers to them as "Remington's New Patent Gun Canes, which were loaded with a .31 caliber lead ball". Another variation was listed in early E. Remington & Sons advertisements with longer internal barrel -- it was intended for shot pellets. Serial numbers of the gun canes went from 1 to over 278. The iron, rifled barrel within the longer cane shaft measures only about 9 inches. Thereafter, the bullet traveled loosely through a brass tube to the muzzle, which was plugged for walking. Remington (Thomas Patent) cane guns were made with a variety of handles, including ball & claw, dog's head (two sizes), full curve, curve with flat gripping area, bulbous-shape, and L-shape. The Remington rifle cane shaft was covered with a hard rubber gutta-percha (a very fragile molded material that cracked easily) or vulcanized rubber. In the 1870s, ivory handles were offered. A unique gold-plated brass dog head cane is known, in .22 caliber rimfire, and bears an inscription date of 1876. http://www.remingtonsociety.com/questions/Canes.htm

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