Bicycle Rifle--Quackenbush Herkimer Pat'd 1886


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vincev

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Why was this called a bicycle rifle.What made it different from a regular rifle besides the stock??
 

stoney

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Why was this called a bicycle rifle.What made it different from a regular rifle besides the stock??
Not really positive. I have not done much research. Over the years I just seen info about them. Maybe because of the very small size 32 1/2" for youths.
 
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stoney

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When I knew this rifle was in the mail to me I saw some info. There are other variations, with wood stocks. But they say the one without the wooden stock is the "true bicycle rifle".
 
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Wcben

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Many were long barrel pistols with separate attachable stocks; the idea was you could carry it in a leather case lashed to your frame. This pepperbox "grip handle" pistol is the wildest version of the bicycle weapon I have ever seen.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/pretty-wicked-pistol-grip.137991/
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That’s actually a revolver, not a pepperbox, you’d have 6 shots, not 1 with all six barrels going off at the same time!
 

bulldog1935

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I'm sure the Quackenbush is a rimfire, do you know what caliber? Really all too common was .25 RF, and no ammo made in the US since the '30s.
(A Canadian company made some .25RF in the '70s, and that old stuff now sells for $5/round)
Keep in mind it was also made for black powder loads, so modern cordite loads would have to be subsonic.
I bought a perfect 1919 Stevens Favorite take-down on Gunbroker that was sold as a .22, and broke my heart when I received it, because it was .25 caliber
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Since I wanted a shooter, returned it, and bought my 1885 replica falling block (.22 field artillery)
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stoney

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From what I am finding out about mine it is a 22 short.
 

bulldog1935

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way cool - don't shoot CCI HP, stick to CCI CB -
- not even Winchester or Aquila .22 short.

This won't fit yours, but I love shooting these Aquila 60-gr subsonic in my Low Wall - the thud at the other end is louder than the retort
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stoney

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I just found out this rifle is a Quackenbush Junior Safety rifle. From what I am finding out the bicycle rifle folds from a rifle to a pistol. Sorry for the mis-lead but I haven't been able to find much info out there. Cool little piece anyway.
 

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