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I posted some other pics of this gun on the "other" forum a long time ago, but I needed to take some updated pictures, so thought I'd throw it up here. The bullets shown are .32 Colt, but research on the gun leads me to believe that isn't the proper caliber. It's obviously Swedish and as I understand it, they were imported in large numbers with metric calibers. Anyway, my Dad caught the bank robber after a short pursuit, one in which my mother inadvertantly informed the fleeing robber that he had a flat tire! In the picture, the bag has the recovered money. That's my Dad in uniform smoking the cigarette. The letter is from J. Edgar Hoover to my father; somewhere along the way, the signature had something dripped on it, causing the ink to run. It's a real signature though. After the trial, the local FBI man gave it to my Dad as a keepsake. Those are the bullets that were in the gun when it was recovered. I was just inspecting the gun and I notice that the cylinder will not lock up unless it is cocked in single action. Unless it's cocked, it just freely spins! Guess I won't be doing any shooting with it soon! Actually it's on display with many of my Dad's old cop things.




 

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Blackcloud2,
Now that's what I call 'provenance'!
Thanks for a great post.
Don
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Nice little piece of family history. IIRC, a lot of those 7.62 Nagant-pattern revolvers were imported back before GCA68 and could be bought pretty cheaply. I also think I recall that .32 S&W revolver ammo could be fired in them, though not very accurately. The cylinder is not supposed to freewheel, though.

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That is, without a doubt, one of the coolest things I have ever seen!!!

Not just the gun, but the story, history, letter, photo - everything.

Awesome! :D
 
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Excellent post! I would love to hear the whole story behind the arrest. Sounds like your Dad is credited with some pretty fast and excellent law enforcement work. Whatever became of the bank robber?

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At the Phoenix Gun Show last week, I saw one of these gems with a $350 price tag on it in rougher shape than this old gal! It seems that just about anything that will fire a lead slug down a barrel these days is valuable...to someone! :mrgreen:
 

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Enjoyed the story and photos! Is "Husqvarna" the brand name stamped on the gun somewhere?
 

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Enjoyed the story and photos! Is "Husqvarna" the brand name stamped on the gun somewhere?
George, you win the prize, Husqvarna is the name. I did some research on it back a few years ago and understand the history. This is likely an import that probably cost $25 dollars when offered in the U.S. Another funny thing about this whole robbery; back when I was soon to head off to Navy boot camp, my Dad and I drove from Somerton AZ over to Blythe California to visit his mother and my step-grandfather. While there my aunt was showing us old pictures and she had some from the 1940's in California at a dance and my Dad spotted a guy...it was the bank robber, an old boyfriend of my aunt! Small world it seems!
 

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Outstanding.....
 

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I noticed that too Steve! Sounds corny nowadays, but I guess it was the "hip" thing back then....
 

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Excellent story and history, BC2!

Like others I saw the word "loot" and had a laugh.
 

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I wouldn't mind hearing the whole story in detail...
 
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This is one awesome story!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Real cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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