I am trying to identify the wheel gun in the attached photo. There are no markings, model number anywhere on the weapon. It has a very unusual lever on the bottom of the barrel just in front of the trigger guard which I think is to open the wheel but I couldn't get it to work. Never seen anything like that before. On the bottom of the grip is the numbers 5777 and 1874. Can anyone help me identify this gun?
OK, I am having trouble posting the image of the gun. Can someone tell me how to post an image?
The "unusual lever" may have been used to ram each separate bullet into the gun's cylinder. In that case, it's called the "loading lever."
It may also not be a loading lever at all, but rather a means of ejecting fired cases. In that case, it's an "ejection rod."
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I am also wanting some information about my Dad's S&W 32 long revolver the numbers on the bottom is 1735xx. I have never know it to have handles because it stayed behind the bookshelf and in the process of making a handle for it. The number on the yoke is 3662 and has a 3in barrel.
It looks as if it's a Smith & Wesson, but without pictures of its markings, one can't distinguish between S&W and cheap Spanish knockoff copies. If there really are no markings on the gun except the two numbers, it's probably a Spanish copy.
Add pictures of all of its markings. All of them. There'll be some on the cylinder too, maybe on its ends. Also look under its grips, after you've carefully removed them.
The way to open it up:
1. Look from the side to see that its cylinder ("wheel") does not have cartridges in it.
2. Cock or half-cock its hammer. That is, use the thumb-spur to rock the hammer rearward, stopping after you hear one click. If the hammer doesn't stay back after the first click, pull back 'till you hear the second click.
3. On top of the pistol, near the hammer, at the rear of the cylinder, are two round, checkered "patches," one on each side. Hold the gun in your right hand. With left thumb on one "patch," and index finger on the other, pull upwards and forwards. The cylinder and the barrel should pivot upwards.
The "unusual lever in front of the trigger guard" is part of the automatic-ejection mechanism that throws empty cartridges out of the gun as you open it. Watch the process as it's going on, and you'll understand.