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The Original Tactical Handgun

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by jbett98, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Someone in the 1800's thought this one up.
    It fires upside down and holds a candle inside the lantern.
    Shoots a 7mm projectile and is up for sale on Proxibid.

    lantern-gun-01-660x531.jpg
     
  2. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    DSC06041.jpg That is quite the pistol. Hard to see from the angle of the pic, but I'm not sure if I see a vent hole in the barrel.
    When I read the title of the thread I thought it be about the the black powder revolver vs. single shot pistol.
    Andy
     
  3. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    First Tactical light, far out! How many lumens do you suppose you get out of that thick glass lens?
     
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  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Probably just 1.
     
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  5. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Haha. I love it.
    Classical tactical.
     
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  6. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    An open flame next to the powder in your pan?

    What could go wrong! :D
     
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  7. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    It was all good back then. NO OSHA or ATFE or all the other alphabet agencies designed to make our modern lives more pleasant.
     
  8. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    That there hole looks a LOT bigger than 7mm to me. 7mm is just a tad more than a 1/4 inch...you'd barely get two fingers inside that trigger guard grip part.

    tac
     
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  9. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I think it is a made up / prop gun .
    I don't see a vent hole and yeah that bore is way bigger than 7mm.
    Andy
     
  10. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    Maybe he meant .70 caliber.
     
  11. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Must be .70 caliber.

    To convert from millimeter to inch. You need to x buy 4.
    So 7mm is about .28 caliber.

    That hole is way bigger! ;)
     
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  12. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    I have a different theory, It may have been used as a fuse lighter in a mining operation! I have seen others kind of like this! I have no idea if this is fact or not, but its sure a cool piece! I bet the Steam Punk crowd would wet there panties over that !
     
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  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  14. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    No vent hole! I enlarged the image to 400x and can clearly see there is no vent hole!
     
  15. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Another thought could be a Ships Hail signal!
     
  16. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    The vent hole could be rusted shut but I think this is a pretty good "Prop" or replica and not a real firearm! I collect old naval small arms, edged weapons and tools and this would be fun to copy and make into a real firearm!
     
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  17. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Steam Punk
     
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  18. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I think Al nailed it;
    Al2 months ago


    It's cobbled junk and a fake, and not circa 1800. The lamp is a post 1881 Dietz
    "bullseye" police lamp, that originally had a oil burner instead of the
    candle. The light was made years after the flintlock and percussion era were over.