I recently won a baby hammerless revolver at an auction. Both the barrel and body of the pistol both have a crowned N. On top of the pistol, it says hammerless and 6.35 caliber. I've searched everywhere but cannot find any reference to a "GK" revolver. Is anyone familiar with this brand. It has no serial number. I don't know if it's a patent copy or what. I searched Gasser Kropatschek and they are not referenced as having built any hammerless. I tried George Kynoch and that was also a dead end. Can anyony help?
It's most likely a Belgian "Velo Dog" (sometimes called a "Puppy") revolver. These were made by the scadrillions in the pre-WW One period in a huge cottage industry, and there may be no way to tell who made it, really. However try the site www.littlegun.be, to see if you can key it out. Caliber is almost certainly .25 ACP, which dates it post 1906. "GK" could be half a dozen makers and it could mean nothing at all. The crown over N is a Belgian inspector's mark. It's absolutely not a Gasser or a Kynoch product. There's a bare possibility it may be German, but Belgium is far, far more likely to be the country of origin. The Littlegun site has some examples of German products as well. If it's hammerless and has folding trigger, and if the cylinder flutes are scooped out, not completed to the end of the chambers, 99.99999% it's Belgian made.
Elitist, I ran across a German firearm maker named "Georg Knaak" There's not much info on the internet. I'm wondering if they ever tried to market a baby
hammerless. The Proofmark "N" is a German proofmark. Do you know of this company?
Georg Knakk was a Berlin sporting arms maker in the right period for a Velo Dog (before WW One) but his line was mainly sporting guns, drillings and such. The gun may well be German, many VD style revolvers were made there. It is almost certainly chambered in .25 ACP. Cornell Publications has a facsimile reprint of his 1910 catalog.
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