Hopkins & Allen Safety Police
Need a little help with Identity. Would like to get any info I can on this old pistol.
It belonged to my wife's grandfather. He used it on his fishing boat as a 'shark gun'. Remember when it wasn't incorrect to shoot sharks and seals for eating your catch?? Times have changed.
ON to the gun:
Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. 'Safety Police' USA Pat. Aug21 1906 Ser# E577
I saw some other post stating that it may be between 1910-1917, but any other info would be helpful.
Value would be interesting, but not essential. It's one of those never gonna sell it, or part with it things. Grandpas boat gun.
It's really worn. the cylinder rattles around like a nobody's business. Would probably shoot, but I'll likely never know. Also, think I read no modern ammo. Black powder only? There are two boxes of 38 shorts that were stored with it. by the look of the boxes, I would say ammo is from late '70's. Im sure this is what he used. Kinda scary. there was a full box of winchester super x nickel case, unjacketed lead, and a box of Rem brass case lead, and then some loose box REALLY corroded rounds as well. Probably from being on the boat in the salt water enviroment.
Just want as much info as I can to record for the family of generations to come.
Also, would it be a crime to take a little oil soaked 000 steel wool to it, or is there another way to clean it up a bit without defacing it?
Thanks in advance.
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