Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/rare revolver



I found a small revolver without a manufacturer or identifying numbers. I do have pictures of the gun and the faint symbols on the gun. Can this be identified from these?

This seems to be a pinfire revolver, judging by the ejector rod in the top pic and the way the hammer comes down into a cut out in the top of the cylinder. Pinfire guns were made in Europe - Generally Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. They were used both as military pistols and civilian pistols.

They came into use around the late 1860's and were obsolete by the mid 1970's with the popularity of centerfire cartridges. Yours seems to be a Belgian revolver, judging from the proof mark, although I could easily be wrong about that...

They are collectable and many are still around because they really did not have a long period of use...Here is a collector's page with some examples of various pinfire revolvers. They might give you ideas about further online searches to find the maker and country of origin of your revolver.

It will be an interesting project to find what it might be. Enjoy it...looks to be in decent condition.

ADDED-I did a little more looking around and I told you wrong...the stamp is a "Crown over Crown over U". which is a German proof...your revolver is made in Germany.  

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Mark Schmidt


General questions relating to various handguns - shooting, recommendations and general information on older/antique Smith & Wesson, Colt and other US made and European made pistols and revolvers. I am NOT an expert collector, but I have had several hundred handguns over the last 45 years+. I have repaired and refurbished several and shot hundreds of various handguns, and I am pretty knowledgeable on them.


Started shooting in Cub Scouts at age 10. US Army veteran in the late 1960's. Owned several hundred handguns including revolvers and autoloading pistols made by Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Merwin Hulbert, H&R, Iver Johnson, Hopkins and Allen, Charter Arms and European pistols made by Mauser, Beretta, Star, Llama, Tanfoglio Guseppe, Dreyse 1907 and FN. I am mostly interested in and experienced with late 19th and all 20th century pistols, not current guns using plastic.

Have a degree in Social Work, with minors in Sociology and Fine Art (Painting)

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