The Lancaster 4-Barrel was a Victorian era British pistol with four barrels. This firearm's modest design formed a stark contrast with its multiple barrels. A powerful gun relative to its competitors, its nevertheless suffered from a low rate-of-fire.
A descendant of the 18th century multi-barreled flintlock pistols, the Lancaster pistol differed from contemporary handguns by boasting four barrels instead of one. In the age of single-shot flintlocks, the principle behind this design was to facilitate a higher rate-of-fire. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, however, firearm technology had advanced enough so that most handguns were semi-automatic—they could chamber and fire multiple rounds without reloading even with a single barrel. The Lancaster notably lacked this innovation but carried on the legacy of the pepperbox design, and as a result, its clip size was limited only to four rounds: one per barrel.
Other drawbacks of the weapon included its exceedingly low rate-of-fire and its relatively poor accuracy. Even so, its firepower was particularly strong, surpassing that of popular guns like the Single Action Army and the (54 Bore) 1856 Revolver. Outwardly, it bore a crude and brutish design based on the principle of "less is more" that ironically contrasted with the "more is more" philosophy it seemed to endorse with its many barrels.
The Lancaster 4-Barrel was a firearm hailing from the Victorian era in the United Kingdom. In 1868, the Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye acquired a Lancaster pistol shortly after the former investigated a lead on the Templar banker Philip Twopenny, a lead that turned out to be his friend Sergeant Frederick Abberline of the Metropolitan Police Service.
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- In Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, the Lancaster 4-Barrel is unlocked for completing the memory "A Case of Identity".