Ratus made a comment on my last post, and it got me to thinking: Maybe we could identify some of the guns that the cops claim to have gotten off the streets. I decided to begin with the picture of the two handguns. Let’s take a look:

The handgun on the top appears to be a Meridan break top hammerless revolver. Looking at the cylinder, it looks to be chambered in .32 S&W, but remember that the Meridians are not safe for use with modern ammunition, because they were all black powder pistols. This makes it useless to anyone but a collector, certainly not useful to anyone for defense or use in crime. Sold to a collector, they seem to be fetching anywhere from $50 to $100.

The one on the bottom is a bit harder. That isn’t a pony on the grips, so I don’t think it’s a Colt. That also isn’t the logo for the Spanish Ruby, so I am not sure.

If anyone sees this post and thinks they have a better handle on identifying these handguns, please let me know in the comments…

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Angus McThag · October 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm

The top one is a Harrington and Richardson, not a Meridian. Note the logo in the stocks.

The bottom is a Ruby. Ruby's were made by, nearly literally, EVERY gun maker in Spain when French money was flowing freely. C&Rsneal has a decent video on the variations.

    Ratus · October 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Yep and by hand with nearly everyone from slightly to very different dimensionally, that's why you will have a difficult to impossible task of finding a replacement magazine that functions in your pistol.

Divemedic · October 27, 2019 at 9:32 pm

That looked more like the Meridian logo to me than the H&R, but thanks for the identification. I'm just wondering if taking $50 for it was a good deal or not…

Angus McThag · October 28, 2019 at 4:20 am

Blued, five shot .32 H&R "Automatic" revolver *CAN* get $100.

If you find the right buyer and are willing to wait for them to show up and demand to give you the money.

It could be chambered in .32 H&R, which is ultra-unobtanium and black-powder. In that case, it's a paper weight unless you want to turn brass on a lathe.

Without sentimental value, $50 isn't too bad.

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