The Volcanic repeating pistol was the first direct step along the development path of the lever-action rifle that became an icon of the American West. Introduced before the advent of modern brass-cased cartridges, the Volcanic was notable for both its repeating action and the self-contained ammunition that made it practical. Volcanic pistols (and rifles) are quite rare today, but they are a pretty cool corner of firearms history. Well, Edmund Lewis and Stephen Rutter wrote a gorgeous book on the history of the Volcanic, with more than 340 glossy color photos of some really impressive specimens:
At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!