Always nice to be loved
So this just came up for auction
Its a French-made Le Petit Protector and it was the first documented example of a functional ring gun. The frame of this manually operated pepperbox revolver is a ring made from German silver. Placed atop the ring, where a stone would be on a normal piece of jewelry, is a fire-blued steel recoil plate that serves as the base for a cylinder full of actual, live rounds that could be fired while wearing the piece on the hand.
They were sold with a five, six, or 7-round cylinder in either 2mm or 4mm pinfire. In terms of size, the 4mm guns had a cylinder about as wide as a nickel while the 2mm had one closer in size to a dime. The “pinky pistol” up for grabs is one of the six-shot 4mm varieties.
I covered these bad boys back in 2013 for Guns.com and did an updated article on the new auction yesterday. However, when looking around the interwebs to see what else if anything was out there on these neat gatts, I saw that the UKs Daily Mail and CNN both linked back into the 2013 article I did on these. Awwww….