A Palmetto Pistol fits right in with the firearms regularly found on Curator's Corner. It's beautiful, it's powerful and according to National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier, it's surrounded by controversy.
Back in the day, a man by the name of William Glaze signed a contract with the state of North Carolina for a batch of firearms. Percussion rifles, muskets, sabers and pistols (like the one to the right) were all to be manufactured by Glaze's Palmetto Armory in Columbia, South Carolina.
Stamped on the lockplate of the horse pistol design is a palmetto tree surrounded by a circular "PALMETTO ARMORY S * C." The controversy rests in whether or not Glaze ever actually manufactured the pistol.
According to post Civil War records, Glaze had a great deal of outstanding debt owed to firearm manufacturing firms in the North. Some have surmised that perhaps all that Glaze ever did was buy parts from the North, put them together in the South and stamp the side so as to imply it was created in South Carolina. So the question is, did Glaze's Palmetto Armory every really produce an original gun?
To Phil's take on the tale, join him tonight along side NRANews Producer John Popp for tonight's episode of Curator's Corner at 10:40 eastern time on NRANews.com or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.