Ames Sword Co Chicopee Mass

71. Chicago Protector direction sheet.

Directions for using the „Protector" Revolver.

1. TO LOAD. Hold the revolver flat with the trigger pointing to the left. Turn the cap with the thumbs or the palm of the hand a quarter turn to the left. Then holding the forefinger on the safety catch turn the pistol over till the cylinder drops out. Load from the center of the cylinder and replace it with the notches down. Replace cap and turn to the right.

2. TO FIRE. Press the forefinger on the safety catch while you press the trigger with the palm of the hand.

3. Never snap the trigger unless either the revolver is loaded or a leather buffer is placed on the firing pin. Alter loading remove the leather and replace leather when tiles firing is discontinued.

4. The cylinder should be kept oiled on bath sides and the revolver should be cleaned after firing before being laid aside.

5. Use Winchester Metallic catridges, No. 32 extra short, rim fire.

6. Never snap the pistol without a careful examination whether it is loaded. Address:

AMES SWORD CO., Chicopee, Mass.

Illustration 71 is a reproduction of a direction sheet glued to the inside of a box in which a Chicago Protector was packed. The name at the bottom, Ames Sword Co., is that of the actual manufacturer. Collectors who exhibit these squeezers and hold them wrong side up, with the middle finger pressing the safety, should notice the injunction in paragraph 2 to use the forefinger. The third paragraph may indicate why a Chicago Protector is so rarely found in proper working order. Paragraph 6 might be shortened to the first four words.

A single-shot squeezer is shown in figure 72. This particular piece bears the patent date of May 2, 1905, and was patented by George Webber, Chicago, patent #788,866. The barrel unscrews to take a .32 center-fire cartridge. The gun is held in the palm of the hand with the hard rubber end resting against the base of the thumb. Pressure by two finger tips against the ring which slides along the barrel cocks the gun. When the ring is drawn fully back the firing pin will be disengaged and driven against the cartridge primer by spring pressure.

Illustration 73 is of a twentieth century .22 caliber Shatuck Unique, marked UNIQUE C. S. SHATUCK ARMS CO. HATFIELD, MASS. It was patented December 4, 1906, by Oscar F. Mossberg, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, patent #837,867. There are four short barrels bored in a solid steel block which drops for loading when a vertical catch is released. The gun is gripped in the hand and fired by squeezing a sliding part which operates a rotating firing pin. The Shatuck Unique pistols were made in both .22 and .32 caliber, some with iron frames blued and some with iron frames nickel-plated over an under-plate of copper. Some had horizontal barrel catches.

Rough copies of the „Unique", probably all made in Europe, are sometimes found. One imitation, with no maker's name, is marked INVISIBLE DEFENDER.

Of the European squeezers the best known is the Gaulois. A nicely engraved example, together with its case, is shown in figure 74. What appears to be a fine leather cigar case is actually a case fitted for the pistol and extra cartridges.

The Gaulois is fired by squeezing in the sliding part of the gun, as a „Protector" is fired. In operation it is different in that the squeezing and releasing moves a cartridge from the magazine in the handle, inserts it in the barrel, fires it and then ejects the case. It reminds one of an automatic, but it does not utilize the force of recoil in any way, as the automatic does. In the Gaulois, as in an automatic, the bullet does not have to jump a gap when fired, as the bullet does in the „Protector" or in other revolvers when it passes from the cylinder to the barrel. A point favoring the Gaulois over the revolver is this prevention of gas leaks, and a point favoring the Gaulois over the automatic is the fact a defective cartridge in the Gaulois will not hinder the firing of the next cartridge, since the release of squeezing pressure on the Gaulois will mechanically throw out the defective cartridge.

Probably most of the Gaulois squeezers were plain, 5-shot, 8 mm models, sold without any carrying case. As the gun is a shade under 5/8" thick and would make no unsightly bulge in a pocket most purchasers probably preferred to do without the cigar case disguise. The small lever on the side of the frame is a safety.

72. Webber pistol - 4" overall/ Robert Abels collection.

72. Webber pistol - 4" overall/ Robert Abels collection.

Tribuzio Palm Pistol Diagram
73. Shatuck Unique.
Webber Palm Pistol
74. Gaulois with case/ Frank R. Horner collection.

In the Gaulois the sliding part rests against the base of the thumb and is pushed forward in firing. In the Rouchouse, another French squeezer, the sliding part rests against the fingers and is drawn back in firing. The Rouchouse, illustration 75, has a barrel that moves back around the cartridge as the sliding part is squeezed.

The Tribuzio, figure 76, is classed by collectors as a squeezer and is probably the most sought of the European repeating pistols of this type. It was invented in 1890 by Catello Tribuzio of Turin, Italy. Like the two French pieces just mentioned, it loads cartridges from the top into a vertical magazine. No clip is used for loading in any of these squeezers. This is an all-metal pistol, operated by the squeeze of the middle finger inserted in the ring.

One of the oddest of squeezers is the LITTLE ALL RIGHT, figure 77, patented by Edward Boardman and Andrew Peavey, both of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Patent # 172,243 was granted January 18, 1876. Above the octagon barrel is a round tube with a slot in it, for the sliding trigger-called „pull" by the inventors. The inventors' instructions for firing state, „The pistol is held in the palm of the hand, the end of the barrel resting on the second finger, the forefinger being placed around the pull, which should be elevated . . ." Elevating the pull is mentioned because that protruding trigger may be folded down over the muzzle when the gun is not in action. To use the words of the patent, „The pull serves not only as a finger-piece, but also as a guard or stopple to prevent foreign substances from entering the barrel." These 5-shot .22's were regularly supplied with hard rubber grips, marked LITTLE ALL RIGHT, with the patent date, and ALL RIGHT FIRE ARMS CO., MANUFACTURERS, LAWRENCE, MASS. U.S.A.

A squeezer pistol is shaped unconventionally so it may be gripped in the palm when being fired. A knuckleduster pistol is shaped unconventionally so it may be comfortably gripped in the fist for use as a punching or pounding weapon. The knuckleduster is always all-metal.

The best known knuckleduster pistols are the short pepperboxes stamped „My Friend". They were made in 7-shot, .22 caliber; 5-shot, .32 caliber; and 5-shot, .41 caliber. The really scarce ones are in .41 caliber. Probably all .41's have safeties; the other calibers were made both with and without. The one illustrated, figure 78, is a .32 with safety. The old hardware catalogue advertisements regularly offered the .32 in 6-shot, but the .32's were actually 5-shot, like the one illustrated here.

Catskill Knuckleduster
75. Rouchouse pistol - 5" overall/ Antbony A. Fidd collection.
Tribuzio Palm Pistol Diagram
76. Tribuzio pistol/ Frank R. Horner collection.
Rouchouse Pistol

77. Little All Right/ Governor Gordon Persons collection.

On advice of counsel I now point out regarding squeezer pistols that „Protectors" are nowadays commonly illustrated wrong side up, that Shatuck is usually incorrectly spelled with two „t's", and that Little All Right is sometimes incorrectly referred to as „Little Miss Alright."

Mr. James Reid of Catskill, New York, who was granted patent #51,752 on December 26, 1865, for „My Friend", claimed only the formation of the ring in the all-metal frame and a safety designed to lock the cylinder with the hammer between cartridges. The safety slides in a groove under the frame. When drawn back at a time the hammer is midway between cartridge heads in the revolving cylinder it pushes a stud through an opening in a muzzle shield and into a barrel muzzle, making the cylinder immovable. This type of safety is not feasible with a 6-shot gun, and Mr. Reid noted in his specification that he contemplated only cylinders with an uneven number of barrels.

These short Reid pepperboxes, which are marked on the left above the cylinder, MY FRIEND PATD DEC. 26, 1865, have center pins which „turn wrong". Lack of that knowledge has caused many owners to put undue pressure on the flattened tip of the center pin and to break it. The pin must be removed in order to take out the cylinder for loading or reloading.

Let's go back to the „ring or bow" as Mr. Reid called it. Illustration 79 is a reproduction of the patent drawing which shows the pepperbox „grasped in the hand as a means of defense", with the little finger passed through the „ring or bow."

Of the tales about „My Friend" one story I am inclined to accept is that a Sing Sing keeper-could it have been an inmate? -suggested to Mr. Reid that a better grip for striking a blow could be had by adding a barrel. Anyway, such guns were made by Mr. Reid. Two types of these all-metal 5-shot, .32 caliber revolvers are shown. Figure 80 has a brass frame, 81 a steel frame. The latter, marked REID'S NEW MODEL MY FRIEND, seems less an outgrowth of the pepperbox form than does the brass-frame model. The addition of the barrel may have resulted in the use of a different grasp when „hitting a blow for self-protection", so perhaps „knuckleduster" does not apply to the Sing Sing inspired development of the footpad's companion.

Ames Reid Catskill Knuckleduster

78. Reid's My Friend pepperbox.

1865 Pepperbox
79. Reid's patent drawing.
Ruger Patent Drawings
80. Reid's My Friend revolver - 7" overall.
Ames Reid Catskill Knuckleduster
81. Reid's My Friend revolver/ Glode M. Requa collection.
Curiosa FirearmesRigby Pepperbox
83. Two Rigby pistols/ W. Keith Neal collection.

Long before „My Friend" was created another all-metal combination of pepperbox and „knuckler" was made by William & John Rigby, Dublin, Ireland. Illustration 82 is a side view of a 3-shot; illustration 83 is a top view of both a 3-shot and a 4-shot. I am sure a few were made in 6-shot.

These early Rigby pieces employ a curious percussion cap lock mechanism. The striker is part of a plate that is revolved manually to hit the capped nipples one after another. In addition to the peculiar lock, this Rigby pistol was intentionally designed to serve as a striking weapon, and for that reason it fully qualifies for inclusion in this book. Guns by other British makers were made with lock mechanisms identical with these Rigby locks but as they had conventional wood grips they are arbitrarily omitted. If I admit a gun just because it has a strange lock I open the door to an unmanageable host.

These single-action, folding trigger Rigbys have screw barrels which were numbered to insure each barrel would go back to its own place. The four-barrel gun illustrated has barrels marked 5, 6, 7 and 8-with the breeches similarly marked, of course,so it appears these guns were made in pairs.

The most sought of the knuckleduster pistols are those triplethreat French weapons which have grips with four finger holds, and which when folded leave no doubt as to how they may be grasped. Two views of one of the so-called Apache Knuckledusters are shown in illustrations 84 and 85. This combination of firearm, dagger and brass „knucks" is marked L. DOLNE INVUR and is supposed to have been popular with Paris apaches, gangs of criminals notorious for violence. The two pictures show how the blade, the handle and the trigger may all be folded. The gun is 6-shot, double-action, and fires a 7 mm pin-fire cartridge.

A more efficient and scarcer type of this weapon is shown in figure 86. This is marked DELHAXHE. On this the only folding part is the blade, which may be turned to lie close up on the inside of the frame. When gripped in the hand as a knuckleduster the Delhaxhe is in shooting position, unlike the Dolne. The forefinger is on the trigger, and if the blade is open the piece is also in position for use as a dagger. The Delhaxhe has a safety, a simple bar which may be caught in the trigger to prevent its movement. An ejecting rod may be seen, screwed into the frame.

84. and 85. Two views of Dolne pistol/ Eddie Reider collection.

The all-metal cartridge derringers, mostly .41 rim-fires, first put out by Moore Patent Fire Arms Co., Brooklyn, then by the National Arms Co., Brooklyn, and lastly by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, are frequently referred to by collectors as knuckleduster pistols, and for that reason are included in this chapter. I am not aware that any of the three companies that manufactured this pistol, of which an example is shown in figure 87, ever sanctioned the designation, or even alluded in advertising to the pistol's possible use as a knuckleduster. Mr. Daniel Moore, of Brooklyn, New York, who was granted patent #31,473 on February 19, 1861, went no further than to say the unusual shape gave a more firm grasp in shooting. In explaining the proper grasp he said, „the forefinger takes against the under side of the barrel . . . while the trigger is discharged by the middle finger of the hand."

The piece illustrated, figure 87, was manufactured by Colt and is marked COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. Colt bought out the National Arms Co. and presumably all its manufactured stock, about 1870, and used the name „The National Deringer „ in advertising the pistol as late as 1888, when the retail price per pair was $7.00. The guns had been made for about five years by National Arms Co., that manufacturer having succeeded Moore Patent Fire Arms Co., who were apparently manufacturing the earliest examples before the granting of the patent in 1861. The earliest of the Moore pistols are marked PATENT APPLIED FOR. Two of the Moore derringers are shown in figure 88, with barrels rotated sideways for loading. The upper, which bears the serial 3840 and the name „Moore", is like the later pieces made by National and Colt, except that it does not have the knife blade cartridge extractor of those later derringers. The lower, which bears serial #37 and PATENT APPLIED FOR, is considerably different. It is like the patent drawing for Daniel Moore's „Breech-Loading Fire-Arm", as it was designated, which was the first cartridge derringer.

It is sometimes difficult to say if a change in construction of an original model results in a new model or merely in a variationor to decide at just what point in a succession of very minor changes a new model emerges. An improvement in the shape of the hammer or the relocation of a screw may reasonably be considered by the collector as of little importance and not constituting a model change. The two Moore derringers can hardly be classed as variants of a single model-the differences are too marked and too numerous. Most important, the early one is made for a center-fire cartridge. The patent drawing clearly depicts the hammer nose as striking a center-fire cartridge, but no description of the cartridge, much less a specimen of the cartridge

Nickel Derringer Revolving Pistol

84. and 85. Two views of Dolne pistol/ Eddie Reider collection.

itself, is known to exist. The center-fire piece has a straight rather than curved trigger housing, and the barrel release button on the left instead of the right. The barrel turns down to the right for loading, whereas the barrel on the later rim-fire turns to the left.

Delhaxhe Pistol
86. Delhaxhe pistol/ Dr. W. R. Funderburg collection.
Colt Derringer Drawings
87. Colt # 1 Derringer/ Colt's Manufacturing Company collection.
Modern Colt Single Shot Derringer
88. Two Moore Derringers.

A collection of all-metal knuckleduster pistols would not be large, but it would be difficult to complete. The .41 My Friend is scarce; the center-fire Moore and the 6-shot Rigby are very scarce.

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