What is it? Game 32

Today's collaboration with What is it? blog brings us this strange looking device - can you guess what it is? More clues and another photo at What is it? blog.

Place your guess in the comment section, but please post no URLs - let others play! No prize this week, you're playing for bragging rights only.

Update 8/10/07 - here's the answer:

Intruder alarm, screwed into a door or window frame, a percussion cap is placed on the nipple and black powder goes into the barrel. When the device is triggered, the spring powered hammer hits the percussion cap, which fires the black powder, scaring away the unwanted visitor. It could also be attached to a tree and rigged to a tripwire for an outdoor alarm.
It was a stumper! No one got it right, though "Ye Olde Stapler" is an excellent guess!

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