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Need held to idenitfy

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by windsor311, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

  2. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

    opps, I meant "help"

    Sorry about the spelling. I need some help identifying this revolver. If anyone can help, please let me know. If you need more photos, list an email address and i'll send what I have.

    Thanks to any and all
  3. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    Are there any proof marks, letters/script stamped on it, serial #, caliber, any ID underneath the grips?

    There is nothing to scale it to but it looks .44-ish to me. I love a puzzle.
  4. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

    Took a couple more shots

    Removed grips and found nothing. There is an "AE" stamp just above the barral release lever with a 5 point star sitting above those letters, "8 M/M on frame just above front of triger gaurd, and some letters and numbers on top side of frame as seen in pic. It appears to be a .38 and the barrel is a screw in with a set screw holding it in place. See pic.


  5. ARTiger

    ARTiger Well-Known Member

    Looks like a early 20th century Belgian (various manufacturers) revolver in 8mm Lebel. Not an exact match to yours, but here's one that's close . . . note the raised fixed rear sight notch on the top strap, the location of the cylinder release . . . also grip and triggerguard shapes match almost exactly.

    BTW yours looks in better shape than this one which was listed for sale at $500. Also Fiocchi still makes ammo in that caliber.
  6. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

    IS there any other sight you could recomend that I could contact for help with this?
  7. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    This is a Belgian Model 1889 Pieper 8mm revolver. It looks similar to yours.

    Attached Files:

  8. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    I doubt that there is any site where you could obtain more info, at least not a U.S. site. Those guns were never imported here, mainly because most were in 8mm Lebel, which was not made here. The 1911 ALFA catalog shows several of them chambered for the Lebel and 7.62 Russian Nagant cartridges. They sold for between 16 and 40 marks ($4 - $10) at that time. For comparison, a Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP sold for 116 marks, a Luger for a little more, an Iver Johnson breaktop for 34 marks.

  9. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

    As you can see from my pics, the trigger has a removable firing pin that is missing. I need to get a good look at something similar in hopes that I can reproduce. That last revolver looks very close. Did you see that weapon somewhere or find the photo?

    I appreciate all the help from you guys and hope there is more to come.
  10. ARTiger

    ARTiger Well-Known Member

    You may want to post a thread with detailed pics and a title like "Need info on old Belgian 8mm revolver" at our research forum here . . . http://www.thehighroad.org/forumdisplay.php?f=31

    There are THR members from all over the world. Try that and give it a few days and I would be amazed if you don't get tons of information on the gun.
  11. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    I got the photo of the Pieper from Googling for 8mm revolvers.
  12. windsor311

    windsor311 Well-Known Member

    Thanks to all who responded. I will indeed try that research thread. Thanks for the suggestion. I had some trouble posting the pics on here. Is there an easy way to do so? I'm kinda new to digital.

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