NEW ENGLAND Antique “BOOTLEG” Underhammer Pistol
Used Condition
FFL is not required
Current Bid
No Bids
BuyNow! Price Was
Starting Bid
No Reserve!
0 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
7/31/2017 12:11 AM
Item 669838519
Location Columbia, MO 65203
Buyer pays estimated shipping for the following option(s): Overnight, 2nd Day, 3rd Day, Ground, Priority
Seller ships internationally
Payment Personal Check, Visa / MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, USPS Money Order, Money Order, Certified Check
Checkout Yes, Immediate
Sales Tax
Seller must collect sales tax from the following states:
MO 8.475%   
Inspection/ Return Policy
Seven Days from the date the item is received

The seller of this item assumes all responsibility for this listing. You must contact the seller to resolve any questions or concerns before placing a bid. Payment must be made using U.S. dollars ($) unless otherwise stated in the listing. Firearms may only be shipped to a licensed dealer (FFL Holder). Some listed items may not be legal in every state. Complete your purchase within the law.

NEW ENGLAND Antique “BOOTLEG” Underhammer Pistol

With Nice Curly Maple Bulbous Stock

Here we present an antique Underhammer Percussion Pistol, made circa the 1830s in Connecticut, by H.J. Hale. These are so-called “Bootleg” pistols due to their slim design being advantageous for concealment in the top of a boot. Most makers centered in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and some have been traced to New York, Indiana and Missouri. Makers of underhammers made them one-by-one, by hand, resulting in a wide array of variations—size, barrel length, caliber, etc.—and many may be considered one-of-a-kind. Underhammers were a unique design during the relatively brief reign of percussion guns, and they offered some interesting practical benefits. According to Flayderman:

(a) The extremely simple construction both mechanically and externally, quite often made without an encumbering trigger guard, while in other instances, the trigger guard acts in the dual capacity of mainspring; (b) Affords the shooter, especially on the heavy barreled target types, a much clearer line of sight with no obstructions to interfere with aiming; (c) A decided safety factor in lessening the possibility of exploded pieces from the percussion cap striking one’s eye during ignition.

Another common design element featured on many underhammers is the extremely low bore axis, putting the bore virtually directly in line with the top of the hand. This specimen is one such example. It also features a very appealing curly maple stock with distinct tiger striping. The maker, H.J. Hale, left one of his signature eagle markings on the top of the tang. The other decorative markings are consistent with other H.J. Hale marked specimens. One of the interesting things about Hale was his use of prison labor to manufacture some of his firearms. Specifically, he is known for his partnership with a William Tuller and the Connecticut State Prison warden.

The overall condition is very good. Metal surfaces are smooth. Stock is solid. The bore is rifled and in fair condition. The action is strong.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 4-7/8 inches in length.

Caliber: .36

The bore is fair and the firing mechanism is strong.

Overall condition as seen in photos.

Add a “bootleg” to your collection!

Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Delivered directly to your door by express mail!




Seller provided no "Additional Terms of Sale"
Mfg Part Number
5.00 Pounds