Sedgley OSS .38
|Sedgley OSS .38|
|Type||Assassination pistol, last resort weapon|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||Office of U.S. Naval Intelligence|
|Number built||52 - 200|
|Action||Single Shot, Break Barrel|
The Sedgley OSS .38 glove pistol or Sedgley Fist Gun is a World War II firearm. It was designed by Stanley M. Height and manufactured by Sedgley Co. of Philadelphia for the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy.
The Sedgley OSS is a single shot, break action, smoothbore .38 Special pistol which was designed by Stanley M. Height for the Naval Intelligence Office. It was meant as a covert operations and assassination weapon in the Pacific Theater. It was mounted on the back of a cowhide glove; the gun would be usually worn along with a long-sleeved coat to hide the weapon until it was used. Due to its appearance, it was commonly nicknamed "Glove Pistol" or "Glove Gun".
The trigger is a bar parallel to and extending past the barrel. After being loaded and cocked, the weapon is fired by the shooter making a fist and pressing the trigger against the target's body. Between 52 and 200 are believed to have been manufactured. Each Sedgley was issued only as one glove and as not a pair.
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