Manufactured by L. Joalland & Cie in Bourges, France
- “Pistolet à aiguille système Joalland pour cartouche en papier” - no serial number.
.40/10mm centerfire paper cartridge, single shot rotating-bolt needle-fire.
A very odd almost retro-futuristic pair of pistol which saw limited production around the 1850-60′s when needle guns were en vogue.
The trigger mechanism is linked to the bolt and rotates 45° to the right, allowing it all to be pulled back to cock the firing mechanism. After the bolt is put back into place, pulling the trigger releases the needle-like firing pin - visible protruding from the bolt face just above - to pierce the paper cartridge and hit its percussion cap, firing the gun.