British Bulldog pistol for sale at

Discussion in 'Shooting, Hunting and Fishing' started by Lipo, Apr 18, 2010.

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    From Wikipedia:

    One of these American-made British Bulldog revolvers was used to assassinate US President James Garfield on July 2, 1881 by disgruntled lawyer Charles Guiteau,[6] who was angry that Garfield had not appointed him to a Federal post. Guiteau reportedly wanted to purchase a British Bulldog revolver with ivory grips instead of wooden ones (as he believed they would look nicer when the gun was displayed in a museum[7]) but decided not to spend the extra dollar that the Ivory-gripped model would have cost[7]. In all, he paid $10 for the revolver, a box of cartridges, and a penknife[8], before spending the next day familiarising himself with the revolver's operation and firing 10 practice shots with it into trees along the banks of the Potomac River[7]. He eventually used the revolver to shoot Garfield a week or so later in the Sixth Street Railway Station in Washington, D.C.

    After Guiteau's trial, the revolver was placed in the Smithsonian Institution, some time after which (believed to be around 1900) the revolver disappeared[7], and has not been seen since.

    British Bulldogs are now generally sought after as collector's pieces, especially as ammunition for them is (for the most part) no longer commercially available.
  2. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Your comment and the link title is a bit unfortunate at first glance Ugly ^~
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Ah yes!
  5. You should re-read the wiki article, president Garfield was actually slotted using a Belgian made Bulldog copy, the filthy phlegms accounted for most of them, and in the days of prohibitive trade embargoes they were responsible for the majority of those "assembled" elsewhere.

    A nice Belgian nickel plated posh grip version passed through my hands some years ago and was chambered in smokey .455 British.
    I wrote to the Smithsonian with a photo of the revolver (the Garfield gun must be worth a mint), but it wasn't the one they are looking for.