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History on these handguns

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Ryanxia, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Member

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    A friend of mine asked me to see if I can get any info for him on some old firearms he has had for awhile that were passed down to him. Figured who better than the experts at THR to shed some history (anything unique?) and perhaps a value.


    1) On Slide "Made In Spain" "Automatic Pistol"
    On plastic grip "Cal 6.35"
    2) On Slide "V. Bernardelli - Gardone V.T. - AUT .22 Short - BREV." "Made in Italy"
    On Plastic Grip " J B"
    3) C.S. SHATTUCK HATFIELD MASS. PAT NOV 4 1879
    5 Round Revolver. Cylnder swings out to right
    4) HOPKINS &ALLEN M'F'G CO PAT MARCH 28 1871 RANGER NO. 2
    5 Round Revolver

    This is all the info he gave me. Thanks in advance.
     

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    Picture of the second revolver.
     

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  3. Jim K

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    The Spanish pistol is one of many thousands made before and after WWI. Almost all were of poor quality, poor material, and have little value. Most are broken or worn out from firing a few shots and there are no parts available.

    The Bernadelli is a reasonably good quality pistol, which was banned from import after 1968. They sell for around $150+.

    The Shattuck is an interesting revolver in that its cylinder swings out on a vertical pivot, an idea no one else ever took up. Once the cylinder is swung out, the center pin is used as an ejector. The grips have pictures of Licoln and Garfield, the (at that time) assassinated presidents. Value runs around $200, but cracked or broken grips cut the value in half.

    The Ranger No. 2 is one of a group of small pistols known to collectors as "suicide specials." There is a mild collector interest primarily due to the various and often colorful names with which such guns were marked. Value is around $75-100 in average functional conditon, less if in bad shape or broken.

    Jim
     
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    1. That spanish pistol is missing the slide stop/take down lever.

    2. That Bernadelli is the "Baby" model, more or less their 'vest pocket' model with a few design changes to handle rimfire cartridges. They started production in 1949.
     
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    Thanks guys. Also, he has no intention of selling them so the low value won't be all that disappointing.

    I had never seen a cylinder swing out that way on that first revolver so I was intrigued.
     
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    The Spanish 25 was made in late 1927. Proofed in eibar Spain.
     
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