A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, April 30, 2007

What Is It?

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Blogger Paul said...

That's easy.

It's a pigeon launcher.

Designed by JMB to provide extra firepower to non-frontline troops, such as radio operators, who may not necessarily be carrying hand grenades.

The four included pigeon cartridges were also intended to provide companionship to the man at the lonely post, who may otherwise go for days without hearing the soothing call of a wild bird.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's a Henworth?

Some sort of bullet catcher / trap?

Mr. Bruce

12:30 AM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

an adapter to fire in
pill box peep or
tank peep slot

hey wanted to thank you commander has less bite, fitting hammer just a matter of match to old one
will try Ed Brown grip safety

1:34 AM  
Blogger Derek said...

Maybe an early attempt to a bullet catcher?

4:37 AM  
Blogger AlanDP said...

A tool for opening a gun that is jammed with a live round. I just don't know the technical name for it.

5:21 AM  
Blogger aughtSix said...

Some sort of pressure testing apparatus?

6:19 AM  
Blogger alpineman said...

A stapler ... you know, for those really big jobs...

6:58 AM  
Anonymous homebru said...

A manually-operated, single-shot barrel assembly adapter for firing square/rectangular bullets from a semi-auto handgun?

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thik it's the "Better mousetrap" that we keep hearing about.

It's old, though; I'd estimate a manufacture date of, oh, say, 1911 or thereabouts.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Joker23 said...

Are you going to let us know, or are you trying to find out too?

My best guess is some sort of silencer?

9:30 AM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

A 1911 Jack Hammer?

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Without a doubt…the item in question just has to be a “one handed” POOPER-SCOOPER!Produced expressly for the shooting aficionado!

Please remember, keep your finger off the trigger until you have acquired the “TARGET” in your sights! LOL!!

Pray tell, what’s the prize for being the very first to correctly name this acclaimed devise? May I take CA$H in lieu of the coveted first prize?

Spring has sprung,
the grass has riz,
I wonder where,
the flowers is?

Keep em coming X, your blog is usually the very first I eyeball as my day begins (I have plenty of company here!)

God Bless Us, Everyone!

As always,

10:09 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

The coolest Pez dispenser ever?

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Robb Allen said...

I'm going to take a wild guess and say "I have no clucking fue".

Did I win?

1:02 PM  
Blogger Sterno said...

It's a semi-automatic toaster.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Sterno said...

It's a semi-automatic toaster.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Engine starter of some type?

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A hardcore mouse trap?


2:35 PM  
Anonymous 0311_USMC said...

unless I missed my guess, that contraption is a "pooper scooper" for cleaning up doggie turds, assembled from an old handgun...

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Charlie Bravo said...

That, my friend, is a mouse gun. The box at the muzzle is where you load the mouse.

Great blog!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous pdb said...

I'm gonna go with some kind of firing port prototype for a 1911, to let early AFV crew members shoot from inside the vehicle.

3:47 PM  
Blogger less said...


The latest rage in gun locks, right!

Pull the handle and the shovel end opens up allowing you to shoot...

That was easy... NEXT!


3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wild quess, some kind of dispenser: confetti, leaflets...

or maybe a starting pistol combined with potato peeler...

You don't know and asking or know and want to make a hard nut quiz?


4:19 PM  
Anonymous Mike Y said...

That's a rare 1911 pancake batter dispenser.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Bob in Houston said...

No chance we can see the other side?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H'm. THAT's funky.
WAG: A firing-slit setup for an armored car (bank, not military) or a high-security prison door. The gun mount locks into a slot in the door at about waist-height or a little higher, and the guard has an armored-glass window or vision slit above it at head-height for aiming.


6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a Jaworski "bullet Rotovator"; itt urns 230 gr. hard ball into No. 8 bird shot, then spreads the pattern horizontally for more close range lethality.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Conservative Scalawag said...

I don't thing it's a firearm at all personally, just resembles one.

It kind of reminds me of the old time bed warmers that use hot ash for heat.

I am sure that I am wrong.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

Looks like a fancy smancy homemade garlic press or cheese grater to me.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a mouse execution chamber???

or a VERY strange bullet catcher

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Diamondback said...

New congressionaly proposed safety lock? A new Glock designed 1911? The world's shortest shooting range? A really bad idea for a fingernail clipper? J.M. Browning's vacuum cleaner? Not safe for inside the waistband? Bumblebee Killer 3000?

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Jiffy Pop said...

Hello... anyone can tell what that is. Its a popcorn popper for the campfire. When the top pops open (or maybe explodes is the correct term) the your jiffy pop is ready to share.

8:55 PM  
Blogger thorn said...

No idea, but I'm sure Carolyn McCarthy will add it to the ban list.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, 8 hours searching the net, and not a clue. How 'bout a hint?

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

an early novelty cigarette lighter, fun but intended to impart the reminder that each use is akin to pointing a bullet at your head...

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sedgely made it so it can't be that obscure - what's the answer?

9:02 AM  
Blogger shooter said...

Oh, I know what that is...it's a rectal-cranial separator.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WWI igniter box for setting off multipal fuzes to charges at one time. ed j

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Magazine release would seem to be missing or intentionally absent. That combined with the rather robust latching mechanism at the top would indicate to me a single-shot-only device. And by the looks of that handle at the top, it is meant to be forcefully held with two hands against something that is being worked on.

Workmanship looks really nice - reminds me of late 1920's or early 1930's vintage metalwork. The straight screws would also hint pre-mid-1930's.

I would have thought a "nail gun" for putting fasteners into concrete or similar, but the front is wide and flat. I can only guess some sort of blade for cutting went in there, and seeing as how the front opens at the same time the "slide" opens, I would assume the blade is single use.

So I'll venture this guess: it is a cutter for cutting lines in a hurry, like those used to moor ships or airships. I throw airships in there because of my assumed vintage.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Declan said...

This is easy, I can't believe nobody knows this. It's a DINGLEHOPPER!!!

7:02 PM  
Anonymous gudis said...

It looks like one of those door-breachers I've seen marketed to ninjacops, only that one used the gas from a .357 blank out of a Taurus 608.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's for launching a safety line from ship to ship. There is a spool of line in the front trap, you open the door with the top lever and then fire the lead weight towards the distressed ship. Once you get the string to the distressed ship, you haul larger rope over.

So what do I win??????

11:16 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

I think its a scaler for cleaning something like a foundry furnace

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Xavier to answer this question...the world wants to know!

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a guess.... but P.F. Sedgley was know for strange gun items.

In the late 50's on diesel subs we had several varients of flare/signal guns. Some like the photo were built on a 1911 frames. They were used by officers in lieu of photo signaling, because the light emitted was short and acute. Think rudamentary laser flashes, without the long distance application. Laser is probably not the right word, but nontheless we had flare/signal "units" that looked very similar to that contraption. The trigger was pulled and (2) windows opened from the top of the metal box, flashed for a fraction of a second. There were 6 "rounds" to fire off, the "rounds" were held in a drum type magazine.

Hope this helps. Neat looking contraption no question.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous pax said...

It's a powder tester, per this site:


9:10 AM  
Anonymous Unix-Jedi said...

"Powder tester"?

Seems dubious to me.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous buzz_knox said...

In my best impression of the Governator:

"I know what this is.. it's an espresso machine... no no no.. it's a snow-cone maker.. is it a WATER heater?"

10:22 AM  
Blogger princewally said...

Thank you, THR.


It's a powder tester.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Les Jones said...

I don't see any sights, so I guess precision aiming isn't required. And a handle on top, so it's either meant to be fired in an unusual position or the sheer weight makes the second handle necessary.

That is a heck of a puzzler.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new sidearm designed for our Armed Forces by the National Democratic Commitee.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Les Jones said...

I'll be the dope who asks the next question: what's a powder tester?

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, so it's a powder tester.

but what does it do?!!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You fire a charge, then weigh the unburnt fraction. Gives you an idea of the proper mix per load.

I'm really pulling this out of my nether regions....I have no clue!!!!


8:11 PM  
Anonymous george orr said...

I went to Collector's Firearms in Houston to pick up another shotgun and mentioned this Item to the crew. They brought it out to show me. HEAVY. and very carefully made. the chamber looked to be about .32 caliber (was expecting .45)

Usually this crew really knows their stuff in C/R but no one really knew much about this one. If you are in Houston you will know that this place is big and you can spend a lot of time drooling. They have entirely too much of my money.

1:25 AM  

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