The Cane Gun and Clandestine Firearms

Popular in the mid to late 19th Century, the cane gun was the choice of the well-dressed armed citizen.
Compact, polymer-framed pistols dominate concealed carry nowadays, but it wasn’t always that way. Long before the plastic fantastics and even snubby revolvers, a completely different, arguably odd class of firearms gained favor for everyday carry. Though, in many cases, the guns tended to look like anything but a gun. That was the whole idea.

Popular in the mid to late 19th Century, cane guns and other clandestine firearms were all the rage. Wholly impractical in use, the guns nonetheless gained a toehold among a particular class of armed citizen. In particular, the more gentlemanly types. At the time, the well-dressed man simply did not leave home without a cane. What better accessory to build a gun around? They’d been sticking swords into them for some time, after all.

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3 Responses to The Cane Gun and Clandestine Firearms

  1. Don in Oregon says:

    Come to think of it, a 12ga cane sounds like a good idea…

  2. Bagley says:

    The NRA Museum is on my “bucket list.”

  3. anonymous says:

    And here I always thought the inspiration behind cane guns were game poachers in Ye Merry Olde England.

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