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03-10-2009, 10:29 AM
Can anybody help me ID this old revolver? There are no identifying marks on it other than the serial number. Notice the hexagon rifling? And how the trigger folds up towards the barrel and there's no trigger guard? Wierd.
03-10-2009, 11:06 AM
Found an image of same revolver with only slight variance. See 'copy/paste' (below) from web site http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/arms/pistols/armfppp.htm
I think I got very lucky when I googled 'hexagon rifling folding trigger'. You may want to contact the REME Museum of Technology; Arborfield; Berkshire, UK. The web site (Museum) has some very spectacular vintage firearms in their collection. Go to their Home Page and start there.
Hope this helps you in the right direction... jd.
From above Web Site;
Pistol .32 inch (Pin-Fire)
Similar in design to the Belgian 7 mm, this model bears a Birmingham proof mark and is of British manufacture from circa 1860. It has a six chambered cylinder, is double action only and has the folding trigger.
Weapon No 239
Pistol Revolver 4.5 mm (Pin-Fire)
OP's revolver has a different butt than the one at that website.
On Page 182 of The Illustrated Directory of Guns by David Miller is a gun that looks exactly like that one with a little less engraving.
It's a Leaucheux Pocket Revolver made in France or Belgium. There were many makers of the design. It should be a .30 pinfire with a 3.4" barrel. It would have been made sometime between 1830 - 1845 or so. Later ones had a trigger guard. This was classified as a "Velo dog revolver" and was commonly used by bike riders to scare or shoot dogs that attacked them.
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