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SN NSN. Cal. .320 British Revolver. Repeating pistols were the immediate predecessors to semiautomatic arms. All required a manual movement to chamber and discharge the cartridge. Sometimes, both actions were performed simultaneously. Upon release, a loading bar or lever would spring back to its original position. Schulhof was credited with having developed several types of repeating pistols in about 1884. This nickeled pistol, with chromed sideplates, has a 4-1/16″ bbl with fixed front & rear sights. There are no visible markings or SNs. A finger loop lever under the receiver is used to close the bolt. In this case, the finger loop operates the bolt throughout its normal course of travel but does not engage the trigger. If the bolt is separately manipulated to cock the firing pin, the finger loop cannot be fully retracted. Loading is accomplished through the butt into a tubular magazine channel that incorporates a toothed ratchet to raise the cartridges up to the breech. The loading gate is secured by a sliding checkered button. Accompanied by one original .320 cartridge. Though awkward and cumbersome by today’s standards, repeater pistols were an important development and provided the foundation for more modern semiautomatics. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser Collection, Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: The pistol appears with 90% orig nickel except for the sideplates that have been chromed. Excellent and all-original grips with coarse bordered checkering around a central retaining screw & escutcheon. Minimal staining and handling dings. Bright bore with sharp rifling, mild oxidation. Bolt will not go into battery when striker spring is compressed. Some adjustment needed for full function. Still, one of the rarest repeaters in existence. 4-52443 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2224

Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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