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Gun of the Day: Rigby Great Coat Pistols

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Founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1735, the gun making firm of Rigby continues to be one of the oldest continuing in business today. This finely cased example of gentleman's coat pistols was produced in their Dublin shop in the mid 1800's.

The pistols feature full coverage engraving, an exquisite deep pattern Damascus-style barrel finish, hand checkered stocks, and a case with all of the appropriate accoutrements. Unique to this set is a hidden ball compartment found under the back-strap that holds three additional bullets.

And should the shooter exhaust the supply of ammunition, they could always fall back on a spring loaded dagger fixed to the left side of the frame.
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