Apache revolver

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Apache Revolver
Apache revolver.svg
Apache Revolver
Type Multi-Purpose Pinfire Revolver
Place of origin Belgium
Production history
Designer Louis Dolne
Designed 1860
Manufacturer L. Dolne à Liege
Unit cost USD4,000.00+[1]
Produced 1869
Variants 9mm Unofficial WWII British
Specifications
Weight 0.8lbs (385g)
Length Folded, 4.3" (105mm); Unfolded, 7.8" (200mm)
Barrel length Bayonet, 1.15" (29.21mm)

Caliber 7mm, .27cal.
Barrels Pepper-box
Action Pinfire
Feed system Detaching Cylinder
Sights None

An Apache revolver is a handgun which incorporates multiple other weapons, made notorious by the French underworld figures of the early 1900s known as Les Apaches.[2]

History[edit]

The design dates from the 1860s, and is attributed to Louis Dolne.[3] The gun was manufactured until the end of the 1800s.[3]

Description[edit]

Apache revolver – Curtius Museum, Liège

The Apache operates on the principle of a pepperbox revolver using a pinfire action and incorporates a fold-over knuckle duster forming the grip and also a rudimentary foldout, dual-edged knife.[4]

Due to the lack of a barrel, the revolver's effective range is very limited, but since all of its component parts can be folded inward towards the cylinder, it was easily concealable inside a pocket. It was common to leave an empty chamber with no cartridge under the firing pin to prevent shooting oneself while having it concealed in a pocket or bag, as the weapon has no trigger guard or safety. This weapon is not able to be aimed precisely because of its lack of front and rear sights. Despite its limited potential, the revolver proved deadly at extremely close range.[5]

A 9 mm revolver of similar design (but no official designation) was allegedly used by British commandos during World War II, though exact statistics about production numbers and technical details have as yet remained undisclosed to the public.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Moran, Mark F. (2010). Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2011 Price Guide. Iola, WI: Krause Publications. p. 325. ISBN 978-1-4402-0408-1. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  2. ^ Byam, Michèle (2011-08-15). Arms and Armor. DK Eyewitness Books. New York, NY: DK Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7566-8951-3. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b Hogg, Ian V; Walter, John (2004). Pistols of the World (4 ed.). Iola, WI: David & Charles. p. 395. ISBN 978-0-87349-460-1. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  4. ^ Weapon auction site with pictures and descriptions
  5. ^ McNab, Chris (2009). Firearms. Bath, UK: Parragon. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4075-1607-3. 
  6. ^ Infanteriewaffen Gestern Band 1 (Infantry Weapons from Yesterday, volume 1), pages 263–264

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