Hamilton Rifle "Pistols"

Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07

In the early 1900’s gunsmiths and rifle owners converted mainly the Hamilton Model 27 & 027 Rifles to Pistols for different reasons. One of the main reasons was to butcher hogs because they were reliable and inexpensive. These pistols come in different configurations and are consider rare collectables.

WARNING: According to the B.A.T.F these little Rifles that have been converted to pistols are considered ILLEGAL and fall into the same category as machine guns and short barrel assault rifles. Owners are advised to register then.

NOTE: The J.C. Hamilton Rifle Co never manufactured pistols.

Mechanism Type: Barrel opens like a double barrel shotgun
Weight: 1 1/2 lbs.?
Caliber: .22 short and long
Overall Lengths Very
Modify Date’s: 1906-1930
App. Modify: 50

"NO"Rifle Parts or Drawings:

Rifle Value's updated 02/23/07.
Poor $15/ Fair $80/ Good $95/ Very Good $115/ Fine $135/ Excellent $145 / Factory New $ ?

Note: Rifle values are Estimations based on dealers and collectors input and NRA Antique Condition Standards.


Factory New - all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent - all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

Fine - all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.

Very Good - all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

Good - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair - some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Poor - major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector’s firearm.

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