Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Many Miles Have I Traveled
I am always interested in historical artifacts and stories that link the past to the present. A few days ago I happened upon an interesting artifact from the past. A friend acauired a very old handgun from his father, who got it from who knows where. Back even 15 years ago it probably would have taken a trip or two to one or more gun stores or the library to get information on the old weapon, but it took me literally about two minutes on the web to find out who made the gun, the caliber, the approximate date it was made and about how much it was worth. It is probably an interesting story as to how the gun ended up in my hands in Wisconsin, but one we will probably never find out about. Those experienced in the gun world may find this post a bit droll, but this handgun was like none I have ever seen and has some pretty unique markings. To me anyway. This is a model 1892 revolver, made in France at the St. Etienne arsenal. It was made in 1896, and the serial number matched the marking on the barrel to confirm its age - 110 years old! The caliber is 8mm. I had heard of rifles being chambered in 8mm, but never a handgun. There is more infor on the cartridge here and here. This handgun was used extensively in both world wars.