ID this mystery revo frame found in a rockpile?


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MatthewVanitas
March 18, 2009, 06:35 PM
A fellow on another forum said his officemates found this revolver frame in a rockpile (construction company?) and just put it on a shelf as a neat nicknack. He's aware that it's technically a firearm as it's a frame, but not sure if they're supposed to take any steps to report it, demill it, etc.

Besides that, they're curious as to what model it is. It vaguely rings a bell for me, but can't quite place it. Is it a Higgins or Hi-Standard revo frame?

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SDC
March 18, 2009, 06:45 PM
Interesting; do you know what the material is (carbon steel, zamast, zinc alloy?), and what the other side looks like? There are enough extraneous parts hanging off it that it may not even officially count as a "firearm", if it was ever intended to be one.. Also, I can't imagine a manufacturer putting the sort of work into a frame that this one has, without noticing that the trigger-guard bow isn't complete, so it may simply be part of an industrial tool like a stud driver.

dfariswheel
March 18, 2009, 09:17 PM
Looks like an unfinished revolver frame forging or casting.
The square projections are locater "buttons" or lugs that are used to position the raw forging for machining operations.

Looks like a reject someone culled from the manufacturers scrap pile.
As-is, it is NOT a firearm, since it's unfinished and has no serial number.

Eightball
March 19, 2009, 01:00 AM
What COULD it be turned into? That'd be an awesome story piece!

2RCO
March 19, 2009, 01:11 AM
That is most certainly an unfinished forging.--Just look at the trigger guard!

I'm gonna go way out on a limb and say maybe a round butt K frame????

mnrivrat
March 19, 2009, 03:13 AM
It looks more like a possible J frame to me as it is set up for a coil main spring. Obviously a casting reject where the trigger guard did not completely fill in.

Edit: Takes a right hand side plate - if american, possible it was an experimental casting as how many american revolvers have right hand side plate design.

yeti
March 19, 2009, 05:06 AM
Can't be either a J or K frame, if it's cast, S&W does not cast frames.

tipoc
March 19, 2009, 09:25 AM
discarded (due to miscast) frame for a starter pistol or a similar gun that is not meant to fire actual bullets. Likely made of zinc or an alloy (note no rust that I can see). In actual guns only Ruger uses castings.

Course the op does not say where the "rockpile" was. The location of the rockpile could give more clues.

tipoc

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