Weil Emile

A curious revolver of pocket with folding system

This revolver of an aspect very common to the first access presents a system which makes it possible to fold up the stick under the carcass in order to decrease its obstruction.

It is due to the arms manufacturer arquebusier Parisian manufacturer WEIL Emile.

The weapon

It is about a revolver of pocket with closed framework and central percussion.

The lock is with rebounding hammer.

The cylinder is grooved with six rooms and the barrel is striped.

This barrel is round and carries a dovetail bead fixed.

The trigger is folding under the trigger guard.

The armament is practiced by a side door dropping thanks to the action of an internal spring.

Unloading is practiced using a rod with swell head swivelling on an axis and thus being able to slide successively in the six rooms.

The handle is equipped with two hardened rubber plates, joined together by a through screw and two rivet washers.

The top of this handle is equipped with a pedal which once drawn to the top gives off the handle and made rock under the carcass. In end of race, the handle is blocked automatically by a click.

This curious system reduces the obstruction of the weapon, blocks the trigger and facilitates the setting out of pocket in full safety.

The patent

The weapon carries mark WEIL Emile Bté, 55 Choiseul passage in Paris. References of the patent are unknown for me.


The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval which is the proof of final acceptance of use of 1893 to our days.

Coupled and spangled AT is the countermark of the controller post 1877.

R crowned indicates a rifled bore, punch of use of 1894 to 1968.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion indicates that the weapon has undergoes the test with the powder without smoke, this punch was of use of 1898 to 1968.

The manufacturer

Within sight of the punches of Liège struck the weapon, it is obvious that Emile WEIL made make his weapon by a manufacturer of Liège after 1898.

Arms manufacture of Liège was at the time as each one knows it, a centre universally known arms manufacturer for the diversity of its production, the knowledge to make its labour and the reasonableness of its costs. It is to be deplored the absence of marking of the initial manufacturer; it is probable there that it is about the will of the customer preferring to make appear his own mark. Question of prestige.

The inventor

Emile WEIL is included in Jarlier like an arms manufacturer, harquebusier, manufacturer in Paris, to the 35-37 then 55, Choiseul passage about 1880.

He would have taken part in the World Fair of Paris in 1889 and deposits a mark (unknown) the 02.08.1893.