Gun Trigger Guard

Using my Fisher F2 with the stock coil, I found this where an old barn once stood. The area is now a public park, and I detected there for a couple of hours last weekend. I was swinging near an old dry creek bed, and got a nice tone, similar to a dime signal so naturally I dug the target. About 5 inches down, under some tree roots I pulled out this artifact.

Trigger Guard Side 1

Trigger Guard Side 1

Obviously this is bent out of shape, but I didn’t want to break it by straightening it.

It’s obviously brass, and the patina told me that this could be civil war “era.” That does not mean that it is from the civil war, just that it may be from that time period.

Trigger Guard Side 2

Trigger Guard Side 2

My first thought was “Oh wow, this might be a trigger guard.” You can see from the photos this item is curved where the finger would have been placed, and I can’t think of any other item that would be designed like this.

Trigger Guard Side Bottom

Trigger Guard Bottom

Candle holder? I don’t think so, based on the weight of this, and the piece that appears to have a “screw” hole in it.

Trigger Guard Side Front

Trigger Guard Side Front

I’m thinking that maybe there was more to this at one time, but then again, it does not appear to be missing any part of it. I guess time will tell.

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Here’s one for a Muzzle Loader on Ebay that’s “similar” so you can see why I think it may be a trigger guard. 🙂

2 Hunts Total

2 Hunts Total

Here’s a shot of the total finds from both hunts. If this turns out to be an old gun part, that will just be icing on the cake!

          ____UPDATE:_ _UPDATE:_ _UPDATE:_ _UPDATE:____

Youtube Video ScreenShot: Notice Trigger Guard bootom right.

Youtube Video ScreenShot: Notice Trigger Guard bottom right.

I found this while watching a youtube video. This screen capture shows a very close example of what this trigger guard would have looked like. If the patina was buffed off they would also be the same color.

Trigger Guard Side 2

Trigger Guard Side 2

At this point, After having done further research based on design, I think it’s safe to say I believe that my find in the post IS in fact an authentic trigger guard from some type of rifle. Although, mine is an incomplete dug example.

I had fun, and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about

Thanks for reading my friends.


About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here:
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9 Responses to Gun Trigger Guard

  1. supernova1c says:

    Nice finds Rob, a superb set of coins!
    James 😉

  2. gtoast99 says:

    Yep, def. a broken trigger guard. Sorry I can’t help with a date on it, but try the what’s it section on treasurenet. There’s some experts over there that can probably narrow it down a bit more for you. Cool find, congrats!

  3. Barry Swope says:

    Nice find. Are you still enjoying the hobby of metal detecting?

  4. Andrew Miller says:

    Great finds, what do you use for detecting metals?

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