Was there such a thing as a .24 caliber pistol in the Old West?

mtrimbleWas there such a thing as a .24 caliber pistol in the Old West?

 

Nick R. Chilton

Marion, Ohio

I cannot recall ever reading about a .24 caliber pistol made by a major firearms company existing in the Old West era, although I would not rule out “one-of-a-kind” firearms. Small caliber pistols, like .22s, were used mostly as defensive guns, or hideaways, when the fight was up close and personal.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu