i am new to this forum but from what i have read on other posts I feel you may be able to help me with some info.
I have attached photos of a Belgian Pinfire Folding Trigger Revolver. This belonged to my grandfather who fought at both Ypres and The Somme, he was wounded in both battles and buried to his neck on one occassion. Although he was injured twice he returned to the trenches on a third occasion to continue the battle for his country. The stories of his life in the trenches was never told, as he refused to ever talk about what he witnessed.
So this little item is something that may know more than we ever will.
It has the Belgian mark of ELG over a star on the revolving chamber, and a letter 'R' under a star. The Barrel also has a letter 'R' stamped at the end nearest the chamber.
Would anyome be able to identify a maker from this letter, or does it narrow down the age of the pistol?
From other posts, would this have been made in Liege?
I have also seen mention of single and double action pistols. What does this refer to?
The trigger only pulls backwards, and has to be pulled forward manually so that the pistol can be refired. Is this a case of some broken springs?
Why does the trigger fold?
I hope you dont mind all the questions about this family heirloom, and I look forward to your replies.