Unusual folding revolver, any info??


April 21, 2003, 06:11 PM
Does anyone know anything about this little folding revolver? It appears on a web site advertising the Stinger pen gun. It seems to be from an ad from years ago.

Are/were these available to the public? Any info about them? Looks like a very interesting gun.

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April 21, 2003, 06:23 PM
Never seen it before but it looks fun!...I love gadgets!

April 21, 2003, 06:32 PM
C-A-L-A-B-E-R :rolleyes:

:D :D

I'm guessing english was NOT the ad-writer's first language.

April 21, 2003, 08:03 PM
Neat can I get one in 45 colt.

Standing Wolf
April 21, 2003, 08:49 PM
Definitely cute, but I'm holding out for a.) a semi-automatic fake cell phone in .357 magnum, or b.) a web-enabled tooth brush, whichever comes first.

April 22, 2003, 01:35 AM
Looks like it is a .380. I have never seen one, but I am interested.

April 22, 2003, 02:38 AM
North American Arms makes a very similar folding handle for their mini revolvers. It even has a little belt-clip, so it looks like a knife in your pocket. I had thought of getting one, but it turns out you need two hands to open the handle, and that is a definite no-go. Now, if it were spring-loaded, that would be pretty cool.

April 22, 2003, 05:02 AM

NOT interested....

Mike Irwin
April 22, 2003, 11:37 AM
Ya know...

If I have to pull a gun, that means I need it RIGHT NOW.

Because I need it RIGHT NOW, I sure don't want to have to spend time unfolding the grip so that I can shoot it.

Thanks, I'll take a pass on this "advantage."

April 22, 2003, 01:22 PM
Because I need it RIGHT NOW, I sure don't want to have to spend time unfolding the grip so that I can shoot it.

I also don't want to have to explain to the guy, "Hey! This is a gun!"


April 22, 2003, 05:13 PM
No one seems to have seen one.

Were they even produced?

Probably not the quickest gun to draw, or the best calaber, oops, I mean caliber, but I would like to have one. What a neat little collector piece! If they even exist.

Jim K
April 22, 2003, 10:32 PM
There is stuff made and sold in other countries that cannot be imported because it won't meet the criteria in the '68 law. But I think I would bet that that gun didn't get beyond the neat drawing stage.

It does sort of defeat the meaning of "fast draw" doesn't it? "Please excuse me for a moment while I unfold my gun" would be great in a gunfight.


April 22, 2003, 10:45 PM
I like gadgets. Maybe send it to Rob Dalton and have him put a strong spring in it and a release button. No, not a first line of carry, but it would be a fun toy.

April 22, 2003, 10:57 PM
Even though it wouldn't be quick to draw, at least you'd comply with rule #1: Have a gun!

April 22, 2003, 11:52 PM
I'd buy that thing in a minute. I bet you could snap it open with a quick wrist motion. And no holster required, the trigger is covered by the handle.

April 23, 2003, 04:13 PM
I think you'd find the " .380 " designation is Brit-Speak for .38 S&W ( not .380 or .38 Spl. )

I read about this...uh :D INTERESTING , yes ! That's it : Interesting !:D piece some time ago, and if my remembery is better than my forgettery, it was made in Italy, and was of surprisingly marginal quality.:scrutiny:

Mike Irwin
April 23, 2003, 08:15 PM

Take another look at that caliber designation...

It's .380A.

That's another way of saying .380 Automatic.

April 23, 2003, 08:41 PM
That looks like a futuristic, Buck Rogers-type of pistol. I kinda like it.

Michael in Sandy, OR

Johnny Guest
April 23, 2003, 08:47 PM
- - -is as great a drawback as Mike and Jim anticipate. (Always assuming this is a REAL product and not just something noodled up by a fairly talented sketch artist/firearms enthusiast . . .)

How many of us have a lockblade folding knife and have NOT considered the defensive use of such? I'll wager the number aproaches ZERO! And the majority have worked on SOME variation of the one-hand opening of the knife. While a fixed blade knife is stronger, etc, there is much to be said for the folding knife, and no one bewails the glacial slowness of deployment . . . . :D

I'm not at all sure about the weight/bulk factors of a five-shot .380 revolver, even with a folding handle. NAA is selling at least SOME of their little folding handle revos. (No, I haven't bought one of THOSE, either.)


Mike Irwin
April 24, 2003, 12:01 AM
The real question Johnny, is whether the folding grip is really an asset at all?

Johnny Guest
April 24, 2003, 06:08 PM
Well, there's that point. :D

Another, "ideal answer to a question nobody ever asked."

My personal needs for a minimalist sidearm are pretty well met by a Model 37 Smith, or, in extremis, a KT P32.


April 24, 2003, 06:23 PM
It seems to me that the folding grip would be good for pocket carry. Even if it printed it wouldn't look like a gun.

I like the idea, but mostly for a collector piece. There are so many really good CCW type guns out there today without folding grips.

April 26, 2003, 12:39 AM
:confused: I havn't seen any revolvers that shoot fro the bottom before. Are there any more?

April 26, 2003, 01:37 AM
The semiautomatic revolver made by Mateba shoots from the bottom chamber.
As does a pistol designed by the Soviets some years ago.

April 26, 2003, 01:07 PM
are those CF grips????

April 26, 2003, 02:16 PM
Cute and attractive but kinda on the shoddy side. ;)
I'm not sure of the utility of the folding feature, but the bottom of the cylinder fireing feature is useful... Just the type of thing you'd expect the Italians to design. Bet the triggerpull is wretched:rolleyes:
A '38' eh? = so was she:evil:

April 28, 2003, 10:04 PM
Unfortunately they went out of business in 1997

scroll halfway down the page for an old add

April 29, 2003, 10:48 AM
apparently wasn't the only folding revolver ever made...


April 30, 2003, 07:17 PM
How about the casull .22 ? I confess to never having seen one inthe flesh but the Gun Mags use to have ads for it. The trigger folds-not the grip but maybe someone could figure out how to do that also.


May 4, 2003, 08:41 AM
I find the Stinger carbine most interesting. I wonder if the scope will fit in my pocket protector?:D

May 5, 2003, 09:57 AM
I had one of those Stinger pen guns before they made it an AOW. It shot like crap :)

Revolvers that shoot from the bottom is an idea I've had for at least 15 years to reduce recoil. Ugly, but effective.
I had no idea that anyone made such a thing. Thanks for the info :)

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