This small pocket pistol has a 7 shot magazine and shoots .32 Rimfire Extra Short calibre bullets. The design is known as a "turret revolver." The bullets are loaded into the round magazine fanned out like the points of a star. The metal is covered in decorative grooves with a geometric design on the round magazine and grip.
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Firearms revolver
L135 x W70 x H22 mm
History and use
This pistol was designed by Jaques Turbiaux of Paris in 1882. It was held in the palm of the hand with the barrel protruding between the fingers and fired by squeezing. The design was licensed by the Minneapolis Firearms Company in about 1890, and later by the Chicago Firearms Company in 1892. The latter production was meant for sale at the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1892, one of the first World Fairs or World Expos, but the event was over before the pistols were ready for sale. They were sold slowly by the manufacturer over the next two decades. They were made obsolete by the introduction of pocket size automatic pistols.
The Chicago Firearms version of this weapon was known as the "Protector" and this name has often been applied to all versions by all manufacturers. Other variations on this design by different manufacturers used different calibres and had different magazine capacities. The original Turbiaux design used a 6mm bullet in a 10 shot magazine.
Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.