What is It? Game 28.

Today's collaboration with What is It? Blog brings us this strange contraption - first one to guess what it is wins a free Neatorama T-Shirt!

Place your guess in the comment section - one guess per comment, you can guess as many times as you'd like. Post no URL, please, let others play. For more clues, check out What is It? Blog.

Update 7/6/07: The answer is the Protector Palm Pistol, 7 shot , .32 caliber gun made by the Chicago Fire Arms Co. Lox Lox guessed it right, but didn't read the contest rule closely and posted an URL, so congratulations to b0rsuk who got the free Neatorama t-shirt!

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Lee Van Cleef used one of these in the film Return of Sabata and it is definitely a pistol. They were originally conceived in France as a weapon for assassins and was originally available in a 10 shot 6mm and 7 shot 7mm. In the US it was chambered for .22,.32 center fire and .32 rimfire cartridges. A really nice one would probably go for $2500-$3000 today.
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It,s easy, it,s a minneapolis protecter (1883)
It was made in 3 cal.,s 32 center fire/32 rim fire and a very uniqe 22 bb cap rim fire.
I would love to owne one but they cost to much for me!
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This is a russian made hand cruppler. A Weevolint inspector uses this small device to make a nonsymetrical hole from which to draw a sample for semi-destructive testing. The device had to be small so that it could be concealed from the Weevolint, else drastic violence may ensue. Weevolints were finally made extinct during the Bavarian Ice riots of 1932.
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