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    Churchill's pistols

    Some history for anyone interested,

    Just got back from London where I made a visit to the Churchill War Rooms. You could spend a day in there as there's so much Churchilll history on display. But in my perusing a couple pistols caught my eye so I took these photos so my various forum members could see them.
    The first pistol is indicated by the card but the second one didn't say what it was. Perhaps all you knowledgeable folk out there will know what it is. Enjoy.

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    Very nice. One day we will go over the pond

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    The 2nd revolver is a pinfire, and that's about all I know about it. The point that should be made is that Winston Churchill (1874-1965) may not have used this gun, as the pinfire system should have been obsolete by the 1890's. There were so many other better choices.

    I know that Churchill used a broomhandle Mauser at one time, as written up in an American Rifleman article years ago.

    Maybe Churchill was an antique gun collector?
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    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    The 2nd revolver is a pinfire, and that's about all I know about it. The point that should be made is that Winston Churchill (1874-1965) may not have used this gun, as the pinfire system should have been obsolete by the 1890's. There were so many other better choices.

    I know that Churchill used a broomhandle Mauser at one time, as written up in an American Rifleman article years ago.

    Maybe Churchill was an antique gun collector?

    Well, don't forget he was in the military or reporting on active campaigns in Cuba, India and the Sudan from 1895-1900 so perhaps he carried this older pinfire at that time.

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    Here is a bing search of Brittish revolvers to give you an idea of his choices.

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...vers&FORM=IGRE

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    OK, drawing on the hazy memory here. I believe I remember that the pin fire revolver was an example of a revolver that was loaned to Churchill. Perhaps when he was escaping from the Boers who had captured him. It's been a few years since I was there. The War Rooms were the highlight of a visit to London, and yes, I could have easily spent a day wandering around in them.
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    https://thefiringline.com/forums/arc...p?t-93150.html

    Churchill was a big fan of the Colt 1911, within 100 yards up against Winny- you were a dead man, according to Churchill's body guard.




    Someone doubted him, he then repeated "A very bloody dead man"
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    I believe the pinfire is Belgian.
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    When production resumed at FN after WWII, FN presented Mr. Churchill a Hi Power. So we know he had at least one Hi Power too. IIRC, there is a photo of that Hi Power in R. Blake Steven's book on the Hi Power.

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    Is the pinfire a cartridge conversion? Looks like an ejector on the barrel.


 
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