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Pistol Chair

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by gopguy, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. gopguy

    gopguy Well-Known Member

    Here is something interesting I have had for a number of years. I got it from an old friend who is now deceased. He had built this based on something he saw in a museum. It's called a pistol chair and is designed to carry everything you need for your old muzzle loading pistol. So what we have here is the chair which is slotted to hold the patch cutting knife (he made this by hand from a old truck spring) pick, bullet starter, powder measure,flask, horn funnel, patch box and cap box. A little hook on the back holds the bag with your lead balls. We also have a spoon for pouring your lead into the bullet mold.

    The pistol itself is a Lymans Plains Pistol in .50 caliber.

  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    I'd sure like to know which museum he saw it in. Thanks for sharing.
  3. gopguy

    gopguy Well-Known Member

    You know I wish I had been a bit more curious about that at the time. I did not think to ask for specifics and he did not say where it was that he had seen the original inspiration for this other than in a museum. Sadly his wife is dead and they had no children...

    It is well thought out and works well for holding the gun while loading. However you do have to take the ball bag off when you remove the pistol or it will tip over.
  4. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    kind of a handgun caddy.neat!
  5. Al LaVodka

    Al LaVodka member

    I don't get it. I've seen many, and have a couple, of pistol rests/vices and this doesn't look useful at all. What keeps the pistol from slip-sliding away with much pressure, and the back is in the way if you are trying to hold it!?
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    I have seen several variations of this type of pistol stand. A few members here have made some rather nice ones.
  7. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    why is the frontsight in back wards?
  8. Al LaVodka

    Al LaVodka member

    That was not an uncommon thing once as I understand -- if they had such dovetailed sights men would turn them so as not to catch on things when they had to draw them, especially when people wore a lot of ill-fitting stuff and layers. Handguns were for quite close use and they were less concerned with glare, if they even used the sight, than snagging on something.

    Here, I'd say it was just a mistake!

  9. zimmerstutzen

    zimmerstutzen Well-Known Member

    About 30 years ago, I slapped a pistol stand together. Aint pretty. But still does the job, covered some parts with leather to protect the guns. Will work for C&B revs as well as several of my front loader pistols. I have been to alot of museums and never saw one. I got the idea from a stand a fellow built to hold his rifle and accessories for loading. Just shortened it for pistols and left off the wheels.

    It is interesting to see how each person designs theirs to accomodate their shooting needs. I have seen some that looked rather impractical. A few really cool ones. One was a hinged box. when the two halves swung open there was the pistol on the left side and all the loading gear, in front and well organized on the right. The handle on top made for easy carrying, when things were closed. Of course made by a guy who worked in a kitchen cabinet factory., Made me kind of ashamed to be seen with mine.
  10. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com Well-Known Member

    My Pistol Chair. We use this for four different pistols. Holds enough powder
    and ball for 300 shots, plus all tools to clean all guns.
  11. gopguy

    gopguy Well-Known Member

    Actually the pistol is canted a bit so you can get your hands on it and its just as sturdy as sitting the butt on a loading bench and loading it. Mostly I just use it for holding everything together while out shooting it, which I don't do often.

    It was done on purpose.

    The pistol has a hook on the side so you can carry it, and prior to Ohio getting concealed carry in 2004, I would frequently carry this without a cap on it. A perfectly legal if slow way to carry a gun for protection. A single shot .50 was not ideal but was nevertheless a comfort in those days when self defense was pretty much denied us. Hence the sight was put on to not snag anything, I just never bothered to turn it back around.

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