Belgian Pocket Revolver : Trooper W J Mess, 1 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine, West Bank, Abu Tellul
Accession Number RELAWM00449
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made Belgium
Date made c 1910
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Belgian hammerless, six shot pocket revolver. The blued solid frame has a folding trigger and Belgian proof marks. The right grip has been remade in bone and the left grip is the original black checkered horn. There are no manufacturer's marks. A safety catch is at the back of the frame.

History / Summary

This revolver was captured by Trooper W J Mess of the 1 Light Horse Regiment, from a German soldier at Abu Tellul. Pocket revolvers of this pattern were quite commonly found in the Middle East. The design features a folding trigger and a hammerless firing mechanism; these two features prevented both trigger and hammer getting caught on clothing or in pockets. This example discharged an 8mm round.