Gallery Guns

Do you have an old gallery gun you want to sell? I'm interested in it. ANY condition! In fact, the worse condition, the more likely that I'm interested.
  • Rusted? I'm interested.
  • Pitted? I'm interested.
  • Worn, scratched, or broken wood? I'm interested.
I am interested in any 50+ year old pump action .22 caliber rifle, regardless of make or model (with some exceptions), including the following:
If you have an old one laying around (50+ years old), and not sure what to do with it, sell it to me. Use the form on the left.

What's a gallery gun? A gallery gun, Flobert gun, saloon gun, or parlor gun is a type of firearm designed for indoor shooting. These guns were first developed in 1845 when French inventor, Louis Nicolas Flobert, modified a percussion cap to hold a small lead bullet. Mr. Flobert modified a percussion cap to hold a small lead bullet. Flobert modified the cap further by creating a rim at the edge so that the cap and bullet could fit in a chamber of a pistol. The round contained no powder and was designed to be a toy. In 1845 Flobert made what he called "parlor guns" for this cartridge; as these rifles and pistols were designed to be shot in indoor shooting parlors in large homes.

Gallery guns are still manufactured, although they began to be eclipsed by airguns for the purpose of indoor shooting by the late 19th century. These small bore rifles are typically chambered in .22 Short and are single-shot or slide action types. Some of the more popular guns are the Winchester Model 1890, Colt Lightning Carbine, and the Winchester Model 62. Home shooting parlors and galleries began to decline in the early 20th century and gallery guns went on to be used in small game hunting, in shooting galleries in carnivals and fairs, and for plinking.

In addition to the models listed above, modern reproductions of these are available, including:
  • Taurus/Rossi Model 62 (reproduction of Winchester Model 62)
  • Taurus Thunderbolt (reproduction of Colt Lightning)
  • Henry Octagon .22