11mm double-action revolver used by Allies in World War I
Fairfax, Virginia - When NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier wheeled out his cart of guns for our last Curator's Corner shoot, there was one film fan in the audience (who asked to go unmentioned) who noticed this sidearm from the movie The Mummy. That's right, it's Brendan Fraser's St Etienne Model 1873 Revolver.
"We got this suggestion from the Curator's Corner mailbag," said Schreier. "In a letter from Guns & Ammo Senior Editor Garry James, Garry said we don't show enough guns that were made in France. So this one is for Garry."
While we had the single-action Colt, the French were focused on this double-action 11mm St. Etienne.
"They were kind of leading the way with the bolt actions they were introducing ... French arms were pretty well advanced at the times."
The gun had several advantages. The barrel was a little shorter, the grip a little stouter, and the double-action meant an easier trigger pull than the day's American models.
For a full rundown of the gun we have two choices; you can either read Garry James' St Etienne article in American Rifleman or tune in to Sportsman Channel this afternoon around 6:40pm.
Come to think of it, if you're a movie buff, then there are three choices at your disposal. Head on over to Amazon Prime or Netflix for an afternoon of Shanghai Noon, Blood Diamond, The Wolfman, or Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows and you'll fill Garry's French arms quota for the afternoon.
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