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 and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.