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    Question Scheintod Revolver

    A good friend gave me a small revolver marked Scheintod on the grips. A fired .44 Mag case fits perfectly in the cylinder. Can you tell me anything about this gun?



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    I believe the german word scheintod is used to describe a blank or gas discharging handgun.

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    GSPKurt,

    Can't tell you much about that revolver. Never heard of one before.

    I can tell you that it is NOT .44 Magnum, it is WAY too old for that! That way lies a hand grenade simulator!

    More than likely it is .44 American or .44 Russian and cut for a heeled bullet cartridge, so no shoulders to stop the longer case from going in like a modern revolver has. It could be something even older, clear back to conversion from C&B to cartridge.

    Looks somewhat English in the hammer, but the rest looks a lot more like a French Apache revolver, with the folding trigger, but it has no knife, bayonet or brass knuckles to finish that.

    Name sounds kind of Germanic, but that could be from one of several areas in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy or Germany.

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    Everything I can find in a quick search says they were a "Tear Gas" pistol made between 1890 - 1920.

    Look in the barrel and I bet there is NO rifling since they were NEVER made to fire a projectile.

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    The closest thing, visually, I can find in A B Zhuk's _Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns_ is something made by Auguste Francotte in Liege, Belgium. But that's in 5.5mm caliber.

    There are many "Bulldog" and "Velo-dog" pattern revolvers resembling what you have there -- time frame would be 1890-1900.

    The cylinder does look rather long, typical cartridges in those times were 44 bull dog (.95 " long cartridge) and 450 revolver (1.1" long cartridge).

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    It would seem to be a gas pistol (as in tear gas equivalent). Found one instructive link that illustrates both a similar scheintod pistol and the 12mm shotshell type ammo for them.

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    Ditto; this is a tear-gas or blank gun ("Scheintod" means "false death" in German) made for sale in the 1920s, and it would blow apart if you were to fire bulleted ammo in it; the below picture is of another type of 12mm Scheintod repeater, a "Bar" pistol:

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    Yes, it has a smooth barrel. I have no intention of firing .44 Mag ammo through it- I am rather fond of my arms and hands, and prefer them to be right where they are now !!

    The story I was told was that it was indeed fired with .44 ammo, but no specification on what type, specifically, or how many times. I will clean the little rust it has off and put it in the safe. It would be cool if I could find some gas cartridges for it.

    Thank you all for your input. It is much appreciated.
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