Please help identify this handgun

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by cwolfe8229, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. cwolfe8229

    cwolfe8229 New Member

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    I'm brand new to this forum and I' know nothing about guns. However, my father, who is not web savvy, found this old revolver and planned on reconditioning it for a fun project, but wanted to make sure it wasn't some sort of valuable antique before he started messing with it.

    Can anyone tell me what it is? Should he just have fun with it, or might there be some value in it?

    Thank You
     

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  2. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    That was a "French Pin Fire". Look up pin fire ctgs. you will see why it has the cuts behind the chambers.

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep- possible Lefaucheax- but pin fire for sure.

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  4. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Going by the shape of the grip I'd guess it to be a Belgian copy of a Lefaucheux. If it is it will have ELG in an oval on it somewhere
     
  5. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    I love old guns to think if it was regualary old over the years it might look a lot better, do you know the caliber?
     
  6. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    The, "was" cracked me up. :p As for a project gun? I'd say hell ya, have at it.
     
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  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Excellent choice for a project gun. Only downside is that if you do get it
    all spiffed up, ammo is probably not available. Hmmmmm---anybody ever
    seen an old pinfire converted to say--22LR? Now THERE would be a
    project!
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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  9. cwolfe8229

    cwolfe8229 New Member

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    Thank you all for the feedback, I'll pass it along to my father.
     
  10. Bigdog57

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    "Francotte system", according to my "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns" - these were made almost as a cottage industry. When cleaned up, maybe a manufacturer's name will be visible?
     
  11. Hawg

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    I use a battery charger and baking soda. You can use salt too. Just google electrolysis and you'll find several sites telling you how. Just make sure bubbles come off of piece you want cleaned or it will dissolve it instead of sacrifice piece.

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  12. KariVahamies

    KariVahamies New Member

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    I thought I'd borrow this thread instead of starting yet another "Can you identify this.." topic.

    Earlier this evening I was watching an old episode of Criminal Minds.
    There was a scene with this revolver:

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    That must be one of most brillaint looking guns I've seen.
    It still has that old revolvery look, but with buch of modern desing.
    Anyways, I tried to find what that was by googling, but no luck.
    It is very similiar to S&W Model 629 Stealth Hunter, but it's not quite the same. Maybe an earlier model perhaps?

    I'd really appreciate if someone could identify it.

    Thanks
     
  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    S&W late model N-frame revolver (629 most likely), with aftermarket barrel or barrel shroud. You can see that the front of the rear sight assembly is rounded. That puts it in the range of the SafeT-hammer series or the last of the pre-lock guns. The side of the frame below the forcing cone is nealy flat. Definately N-frame.
    There appear to be weights in the shrouded underlug
     
  14. KariVahamies

    KariVahamies New Member

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    Thanks! With your information I was able to find more info and learn more about these things. However I was not able to find what exact barrel shroud that is.
    There are more and less similiar ones out there, but I cannot find the one on the pics.

    Maybe this should be "Help me to identify this barrel shroud" instead :p

    I really like the look of it. Those holes at the end (or is it beginning) of the barrel and that groove around them.

    Anyways I appreciate the prompt answer!