September 27, 2013
By S.P. Fjestad
If you're interested in older and unusual European revolver variations, this Apache centerfire revolver might be exactly what you're looking for. This single action six-shot is chambered for 7.6 mm cal., and when the bullet leaves the chamber, it passes through a hole on the left side of the upper frame — eliminating the need for a barrel.
This gun's ability to protect someone isn't just measured in firepower, however. The retractable knuckle duster grip could come in handy if a hand-to-hand fight ensues, and if that isn't enough, the folding triangular blade can also be used for cutting and stabbing an adversary.
By folding and unfolding the components, this Apache revolver manufactured in Belgium can easily be configured as a set of steel knuckles, a trench dagger, or a bayonet-equipped revolver. With everything folded up, it will easily go into a jacket or coat pocket.
Since not a lot of Apache revolvers like this were manufactured in the early 20th century, original Apaches in this condition are both rare and desirable.
So what's this gun worth? Even though this gun would fall under the "novelty item" classification, its rarity and superior original condition make it more expensive than you might think. Rock Island Auction Company recently sold this gun for $2,850, including the 15-percent auction premium. The collector who bought it probably feels they bought a very well preserved specimen for the amount of money spent.
Regardless of the owner and what he or she might collect, this Apache revolver is guaranteed to be a sensation in any gun room, even if it is surrounded by firearms that are a lot more expensive. And that's exactly what novelty items like this are designed to do — create excitement and consumer interest!
Some information and images courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company. For more on rare guns like this, check out S.P. Fjestad's Gun of the Week blog at BlueBookofGunValues.com.
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