Need help Identifying this pistol.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by TehUgly, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. TehUgly

    TehUgly New Member

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    First of all I would like to thank you for letting me join your group. I have a pistol I am having trouble identifying. The only marking I can find are what I believe is a cursive A followed by the number 51. Thank you...

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  2. Jim K

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    It is Spanish, one of the tons of cheap imitation S&W revolvers imported in the 1920's and 1930's. Most of those guns were made from cast iron and some have blown up. I strongly recommend you NOT fire that gun with ANY ammunition, and it would be better to grind off the firing pin to deactivate it.

    Jim
  3. TehUgly

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    Thank you for your quick response. I appreciate the warning, the gun just doesn't look safe to begin with.
  4. TehUgly

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    Found these while cleaning out Grandma's house. Have one more that I can't find if you guys don't mind. Only stamping I can make out is the end of what looks like New Model on the top of barrel. Thanks again... Robert

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    I've seen that odd "bulldog" example before and believe the complete marking was RYAN'S NEW MODEL. If it has no ELG Belgian proofmark, it's probably Spanish also.
  6. Jim K

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    T.E. Ryan, of Norwich, CT, put his name on a series of cheap revolvers in the period 1890-1894. I can't find much on either the man or the guns, and they may have actually been manufactured by others or imported.

    Jim
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