This Fountain Pen Is a Pistol

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This Fountain Pen Is a Pistol This Fountain Pen Is a Pistol

WIB history November 28, 2018

In 1954, Sol Harry Gaylord, Jr. and James Tollinger filed a patent for a “fountain pen pistol.” The U.S. government granted the patent to... This Fountain Pen Is a Pistol

In 1954, Sol Harry Gaylord, Jr. and James Tollinger filed a patent for a “fountain pen pistol.” The U.S. government granted the patent to the inventors’ company in July 1958.

The pen pistol features a receiver that resembles a fountain pen, but with a short rifled barrel inside. In addition to the usual clip, the pen includes a cocking piece that releases the striker to fire the gun.

The Gaylord pistol pen fires a rim-fire cartridge with a prominent spitzer projectile. The patent doesn’t mention the weapon’s caliber.

The patent

You load the pen pistol by unscrewing the barrel at its threaded breech. The patent explains that the pen could then be “cocked and fired by holding the stock with the fingers while the related thumb is employed to cock and release the firing pin carrier.”

I was unable to find very much information about Gaylord Products, Incorporated, which holds Gaylord and Tollinger’s patent. The company patented a number of other products, including hair clips.

This story originally appeared at Historical Firearms.

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