British Lancaster .477 Caliber Pistol

  • Anglo-Zulu War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

This 19th Century English pistol was based on the popular Derringer and Pepperbox designs made in America. The multi-barrel gun came in 2 and 4 barrel versions. The Lancaster used the popular British .577 caliber (but was chambered to used several other types – which added to it's appeal). The Lancaster was a rear break-breech loader. The pistol was popular among British Infantry Officers due to it's stopping power (as attested to in combat when first used during The Anglo-Zulu Wars in South Africa). The Lancaster saw use during The Boer Wars and World War I (after modification from it's late 1880's Model). A drawback of The Lancaster was it's heavy trigger pull and overall weight (at 4-pounds). With the advent of the much faster loading (and easier to maintain) Webley Revolver, The Lancaster would fade from use.