The Henrion, Dassy & Heuschen double-barrel revolver – Silvercore Firearms Training BC
Quite possibly the most unusual revolver design of all time, the Henrion, Dassy & Heuschen double-barrel revolver (which I shall shorten to “HDH”) was a bizarre pistol that was made in Liege, Belgium from 1911 – 1928. The HDH typically held 16 to 20 rounds, with 16 to 20 individuals chambers. Although the hammer had two firing pins, the chambers were staggered so that the revolver would fire one round at a time. The revolver also had two barrels, which each shot alternating between the top and bottom barrel. The HDH was chambered in either 7.65mm, 6.5 velodog, and 6.35mm, with the smaller caliber pistols holding more shots.
The HDH revolver never really became popular, mostly because of its large unwieldy size. Even though it held a large number of rounds, its small caliber also inhibited it’s popularity. In addition, its price made it prohibitively expensive, often selling for several times the price of a regular double action revolver. As a result few were made and sold. Today they are collected mostly as a novelty item.
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