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Lot 1069: Greener Humane Horse Killer Single Shot Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
September 12, 2009
Moline, IL, USALive Auction
Marketed to those who worked with livestock, the Humane Horse Killer was purpose-built for putting down injured or sick horses. When collapsed, the Horse Killer measures 6 1/2 inches long, and is marked, "GREENER'S HUMANE HORSE KILLER/ W.W. GREENER MAKER LONDON&BIRMINGHAM" on the tube, and the "muzzle" is marked "TOP" on top and "broad arrow/ MkI" on the front. Opened up, the pistol measures 10 1/2 inches long, with a screw-off breech and the brass end cap serving (and marked) as the mallet for striking the spring loaded firing pin. The face of the muzzle is slanted, to provide optimum angle for the projectile to pass through the brain, and the outer casing doubles as an expansion chamber. Birmingham proofed breech and barrel, with matching full and partial numbers.
BBL: 3 3/4 inch round
Serial Number: 11329
Condition Report: Period refinished, with most of the blue, mild handling marks and wear along the edges. Brass shows a mixed aged patina, with a number of scratches and dents, particularly a set of 9 round dents on the striking face of the mallet and 4 on the inside. Mechanically excellent.