|Place||Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine, West Bank, Abu Tellul|
|Date made||c 1910|
First World War, 1914-1918
Belgian Pocket Revolver : Trooper W J Mess, 1 Light Horse Regiment, AIF
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.
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.