This is a good example of an early percussion cane gun. I'd hate to be the robber that jumped a guy carrying this.
- Fact 1: Essentially a one-shot pistol disguised as a walking stick, cane guns were intended as protection for gentlemen walking alone in the mid-19th century.
- Fact 2: A cane gun was one of the first civilian weapons made by Remington. Less then 2,000 sold over the course of thirty years, and the line was discontinued in 1886.
- Fact 3: As much a fashion accessory as a weapon, the cane gun came in a variety of colors, materials, and styles. Gold-plated and ivory-handled models have been discovered.
- Fact 4: Early cane guns used percussion caps and firing hammers, which were unreliable and conspicuous. Later models incorporated fully hidden, rod-fired mechanisms.
- Fact 5: A predecessor to the cane gun, the shikomizue swordstick, was carried by some Japanese nobles to conceal their traditional blades from the modernizing Meiji government.