To add to our collection of rare and collectible guns here on The Gunsman, check out this little bad boy. It’s called the Dyson LePetit Protector and was sold primarily to gamblers. I’ve seen both a five shot and a six shot ring pistol and have provided images of both for you below. I know for sure that the five shot ring gun is chambered in 5mm, but the six shot looks to be a bit smaller to me.
How Does It Work?
If you take a close look, you’ll see three levers. The largest one towards the top is the hammer, the one on the side and in the middle (in this photo) is used to release/spin the chambers. The smallest lever is the trigger.
I don’t imagine the kick on this little package of concealed protection would be anything to fret about. If anything, when fired, it might feel like flicking yourself on the finger. Each ring gun comes with a tiny flat head screw driver and sometimes you’ll see other tools which are used in ejecting the empty cartridges. If you look really closely at the rounds, you’ll see a little pin near the primer end of the round. That pin is probably the only thing preventing the rounds from falling out the front side of the chamber.
I couldn’t find any evidence of these still being manufactured today and assume that a few of the guns rings in these images are over 100 years old. The quality of workmanship is amazing to me with designs to make the gun appear like a nice fat ring that, if used with a right hook, could render a grown man unconscious!
I’ve seen the older, more antique ring guns sold for $13,000 online at iCollector.com. However, total sale price included two ring pistols as a set. One for him and one for her. A match made in heaven.
Great collectors item, but if you want to shoot it often, you’ll probably have to get your rounds custom made. I wouldn’t mind owning one of these little pistols for myself.
If you know anything more about the Dyson LePetit Protector ring gun, I’d like to hear about it.