Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by murdoc rose, Apr 9, 2015.
There had to be capture papers to bring any firearm back, unless you smuggled it aboard the ship you came home on.
Alan is very helpful where he can be and has always been quick to respond to me. If you ever send him anything make sure to send super high resolution pics if possible.
That goes without saying.
Even here on THR.
It's hard for anyone to tell anything about anything while looking at a blurry cell-phone photo!!
Don't forget that the French Resistance used whatever guns they could get their hands on, including ones like these. Most likely it was used in Resistance hands and somehow got traded or sold to a US soldier after the liberation of France. It was unlikely to have been looted from a home; more likely it was traded or won over a bottle of wine and a game of cards.
It looks nothing like the revolvers made at St. Etienne (Le Page
claimed Liege and St. Etienne as their manufacturing bases.) Whats strange is the lack of Belgian marks as they proofed even the lowliest of arms.
It's certainly a looker.
There should be proof marks whether the gun was actually made in Belgium or France, though since fewer French guns are seen in the U.S., French proof marks are not as readily recognized.
The gun is a very typical large caliber European revolver of the era; the same basic design being made earlier in pinfire. There is nothing really unusual about it; the engraving is nice but not spectacular. It is probably in 10-11 mm, but there were several cartridges in that range, so further information would be needed to determine the exact caliber.
As to romantic ideas about gun used by the Resistance, I doubt any respectable Maquis would toss his STEN or No. 4 rifle in favor of an long-obsolete revolver for which no ammunition would be available.
This gun shows nothing of the sort as far as proof marks.
It is 11mm something but as stated there where a handful of similar 11mm center fire cartridges at the time.
I'm sure this was "confiscated" sometime during the war and probably not fired since the late 19th century.
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