Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2023
Colt New Service Target DA Revolver Reportedly Belonging to John Dillinger
Cal. 45 LC
Previously sold in March 2013 Julia Auction stating (at the time) this was Dillinger’s ‘friend’ that he always kept under his pillow at night; this info from accounts by apprehended members of Dillinger’s gang. First recovered from cache of Dillinger gang firearms abandoned in Bensenville, IL just before Dillinger’s death on July 22, 1934. This was taken from the hideout in its present condition. Very special firearm of a most notorious gangster from the prohibition era.
Bbl. 7 1/2″ having elevation adjustable Sheard style sight, 1905 last patent date & left side cal. marking. Mfg. 1913 & presently fitted w/ checkered walnut grips having scalloped borders & raised diamonds plus deep inset brass medallions. Flat top frame w/ windage screw adjustable sight blade. Early style checkered cyl. latch marked “K”; hammer, trigger & both grip straps also checkered. Crane matching numbered to frame.