Can anyone help identify?


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jsalcedo
January 2, 2003, 02:04 PM
I found this old pistol in a junk box while cleaning out my parents basement, they had no idea where it came from and let me have
it.

It is I assume .22short caliber 5 shot pocket revolver
nickel plated dark wood grips no trigger guard and folding trigger
and a removable pin under the barrel to knock out spent cartridges.

The markings include a circle topped with a crown with an "R" inside on both the barrel and frame and a rectangle with a small circle on top with an X inside it is marked cal22 on the bottom of the frame below the cylinder.

attached is a picture

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Mike Irwin
January 2, 2003, 03:11 PM
I've seen similar guns before, usually French or Belgian manufacture, late 19th early 20th century.

Other than that, I don't know.

Jim K
January 2, 2003, 08:02 PM
Mike is on the right track. The crown over R (with or without the circle) is probably the Belgian proof for "Flobert" guns, meaning in that context, any .22 rimfire. The gun was probably intended for .22 Short low velocity. Even if it will fire, I don't recommend firing it, but it should be safe with CCI CB caps. Don't use High Velocity Shorts, or any LR, even if the chambers will accept them.

The value is nominal, perhaps $50-75 as a novelty. Still, they are interesting guns, and good items to study. Some folks have built fairly large, but inexpensive, collections of similar guns, and delight in the variety and the ingenuity of the makers.

Jim

mec
January 2, 2003, 08:23 PM
It looks just like a Sedgley Baby hammerless and there were a number of such guns produced and marketed as " garter pistols"
the one illustrated in my WHB Smith Book is chambered for .22 long. They date from 1925 and before.

Dick Casull is making something with a drop-down trigger that looks a lot like this. The difference is that his are of extra high quality and price.

jsalcedo
January 2, 2003, 10:21 PM
Thanks all, that is very interesting. I will probably put it in a shadow box display with some vintage .22 ammo and some old
coins.


Best regards in the new year,

JRS

Okiecruffler
January 3, 2003, 01:15 PM
Don't know, I'm just guessing. Sure is cute tho'

cordex
January 3, 2003, 02:07 PM
*sigh*
Why is it that I never find guns when cleaning out my grandparent's tool boxes?

Well, there was the incident with the Glenfield .22 and the old bolt-action 20 guage, but they don't count because they were in a closet.

Neat little pistol.

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