What is this?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by LordOfShadowz, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. LordOfShadowz

    LordOfShadowz New Member

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    I have recently come into possession of a rather non-descript handgun. It is a .28 cal 5 shot revolver with a 3 inch barrel and one and only one identifying mark. It has the word "Leader" engraved on the top of the revolver. Might anyone have any ideas on the origins of this handgun?

    Here are two images of the weapon.

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  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    "Bookmarks" says Leader was a trade name on revolvers, probably made by Hopkins and Allen, c. 1880.

    If you do a search on "suicide specials", you can find bunches of the same-type guns. They cost, maybe, a buck to a buck 50 in the mail-order catalogs of the times. Sears sold one under the name of Saturday Night Special.