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Counet-Leboulle J.

The weapon

Pistol mono-barrel and with top break bound for shooting of precision. According to catalogue H.D.H. it’s of the type IRA PENN of the name of a famous American shooter of the 19th century. (See enclosure)

The long barrel is striped and comprises a front sight with ears. The trigger guard is with rest-finger to ensure a good stability. The bead is adjustable in height.

The stick with step seems to be out of wood of walnut squared and cast solid. It is maintained by a transverse screw and two rivet washers.


The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

E spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

R crowned: rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.


FL6mm: indicate that the weapon is of gauge 6mm Flobert to annular percussion.

Mark D.J. COUNET on an amount of grips, could possibly be that of COUNET-LEBOULLE J. (1885) of Saint Remy (province of Liege).

He is the author of a Belgian patent for a safety or set screw preventing the shooting and applicable to pistols etc