Part of Lovecraft’s Investigators and Their Guns.
(set partly in 1905, written in 1922, published in 1922)
[Herbert West] was clad in dressing-gown and slippers, and had in his hands a revolver and an electric flashlight. From the revolver I knew that he was thinking more of the crazed Italian than of the police. The rattling continued, growing somewhat louder. When we reached the door I cautiously unbolted it and threw it open, and as the moon streamed revealingly down on the form silhouetted there, West did a peculiar thing. Despite the obvious danger of attracting notice and bringing down on our heads the dreaded police investigation – a thing which after all was mercifully averted by the relative isolation of our cottage – my friend suddenly, excitedly, and unnecessarily emptied all six chambers of his revolver into the nocturnal visitor.
The handgun used by physician Dr Herbert West in 1905 was a revolver with six chambers. In addition, West fired all shots in rapid succession, which almost certainly means it was a double-action design. A number of suitable patterns were available at the time, but the larger military weapons are less likely. This suggests something like a Colt Double Action Constabulary Revolver in .32 Long Colt (7.9×23mmR), .38 Long Colt (9.2×26mmR), or .41 Long Colt (9.8×29mmR); a Colt New Police in .32 S&W Long (7.9×23mmR); a S&W Hand Ejector in .32 S&W Long; or a S&W Military & Police in .38 Special (9×29mmR) (Investigator Weapons 1: The 1920s and 1930s, pp. 56-57).
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