Interesting Belgian singe shot thingie

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Interesting Belgian singe shot thingie

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Got this today. Appealed to me because of the workmanship. Not as refined as a schutzen pistol but nicely done for something made ~1900. No idea of the caliber, it is likely obsolete. It seems there damn eurotrash makers would make their own cartridge to go with their firearms. Gosh, think that restricted acceptance?

https://i.imgur.com/OubBEef.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/pP4Yytf.jpg

Someone suggested that it was a "parlor gun", somehow I don't think so. People used to shoot inside (hell, I still do) with low powered firearms at targets. This thing is a bit too powerful I think.
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I like the artsy-fartsey trigger guard, but how do you load it?
Looks nice.

When did knurling start showing up in gun manufacturing?
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You cock the hammer then raise the firing pin holder (?) by the little knob. Simple and pretty secure.
https://i.imgur.com/MRM7hNu.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/krVzfss.jpg

When you say "knurling" do you mean wood checkering?
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Yes, wood checkering. So you can't shoot it?
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The checkering is not just for style, it serves a purpose, no?
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Gripping surface presumably.

Not sure when they started doing it. I have a boarding pistol ca. 1844 that has perfectly smooth grips.

I would shoot it if I knew what the hell it shot. I might fool around with something that ft but using a very low powder charge, or just a blank even.
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It is 9mm rimfire shotshell, thus
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com ... f=1&nofb=1

Another "Garden Gun", this time Belgian. ca. 1900 +/-

This is it an a 1908 sporting goods catalog.
https://i.imgur.com/cXAoFX3.jpg
Price got cut off. 18marks to 26.5 marks. You can convert to dollars and adjust for inflation and come up with a current cost but I gotta tell you, it would cost a hell of a lot more than whatever you would come up with to reproduce this today. A custom stock could cost 1 grand. This probably isnt that much but still ...

For those that are simply enthralled with this area, I remind you that I shared another of these things a while back ...

viewtopic.php?t=57787
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Here is an interesting writeup on the 9mm rimfire.
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/202 ... m-flobert/
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Re: Interesting Belgian singe shot thingie

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Wow Ed! Just wow!!

I'd like to thank you on behalf of everyone here for taking the time to provide interesting (and useful!) info on these fascinating topics.

Really. Thank you.
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Thanks Rob. I appreciate it.