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Trying to ID this revolver

ehivelyehively New MemberPosts: 1 New Member
So one of my buddies was handed this revolver down to him from his grandfather and he is trying to find out more about it.
What we do know about it is that its a J. Nowotny firearm, and that's about it. we don't know the date of manufacture or location.







Any Help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,634 Senior Member
    Welcome aboard
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,624 Senior Member
    Google J nowotny guns. He apparently was a gunsmith in Prague. The revolver looks like one of those small revolvers from the late 19th, early 20th centuries. Many were made for proprietary cartridges. Could be a rimfire. There is no way I know of dating the thing. Nowotny apparently made some double rifles and shotguns. Couldn't find a revolver.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,146 Senior Member
    My first thought was Belgian, and if you do a search for "Belgian folding trigger revolver", you'll find some very similar stuff.

    Could be this thing was a copy - licensed or otherwise. Could also be that Nowotny was selling someone else's stuff and engraving his name as the seller - not at all uncommon practice for the time. There are Marlin-Ballards out there with the stamp of the Browning Brothers gunshop in Utah. If you don't have an Internet or even Yellow Pages to advertise in, stamping your name on what you sell and sending it out into the world is the next best thing.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Welcome.

    Exactly what Bigslug was thunkimg.

    It may be a "Ruby" type revolver or something of quality. Gene is right Google is your friend.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,624 Senior Member
    I'm not sure this is a folding trigger revolver. I think it's a DA revolver with such a heavy trigger pull it doesn't need a guard. I also feel it's a rimfire, for some reason. (I saw a similar one that was rimfire.) And I'd also wager a beer that it's a proprietary cartridge.

    To my knowledge, the Ruby revolvers were copies of S&W and made in the 1950s.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: For I carry a .308 and not a .270
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,756 Senior Member
    olesniper wrote: »

    Is that Photo shopped??:rotflmao:

    Prague was kind of a good hint!!
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    Is that Photo shopped??:rotflmao:

    Prague was kind of a good hint!!

    Moi? :angel2:
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: For I carry a .308 and not a .270
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