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Hello Everybody,

I recently bought this starter pistol at an estate sale. It is marked KKW on the barrel and handle. From extensive research, I know KKW produces rifles but could not find anything on the pistol. Any help at all would be appreciated:

 

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Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to post a reply.

I am not an expert, what does rifled mean? Bore?

Would more pictures of the barrel help?

Thank you again,
Tom
 

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Rifling is the curved ridges or raised lines in the barrel that spins and stabilizes the bullet, however, many of these small pistols ( to save money ) did not have rifling. They were considered " hide away" pistols or last ditch pistols and very inexpensive, even it that day and time. If the inside of the barrel is smooth check to see if it is bored straight through, ie: no type of blockage. Blank pistols almost always had some type of block in the barrel to prevent live ammo from being fired. I agree with Bill, it is just a small derringer type of pistol meant for self preservation, of the type sometimes carried in a lady's hand warmer or hand muffs. These were made in most of the European countries, but Belgium is the usual suspect. Value would be very low, there is no blue book listing for these type of pistols, but I have seen them sale ( in that condition ) for 25 dollars or less as a curiosity. Age, probably around the turn of the 20Th century perhaps up until the 1920's,
 

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RJay, I must disagree with "self protection" except from pesky dogs when bicycling, as these were intended to fire only BB Cap type ammo, using only the primer for propellant.

About all that thin little gate is good for is to keep the round from falling out, and they are basically toys.

From the bilingual 1911 German catalog of Adolf Frank:
 

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