A few years back, Range365 ran a piece about an early 20th century invention that allowed you to attach a billy club to a revolver. There have been some updates regarding the exact usage and performance of that device since the original piece appeared.
First off, the inventor was one Edward Norton Moor of California. His first patent was for an “extension pistol barrel” filed in November, 1916. Based on the patent drawings and description, it was simply an aftermarket barrel extension; no wooden shroud is mentioned. Then, less than a month later, he applied for another patent, which he called a “Combination Policeman’s Truncheon and Extension Pistol Barrel.” It is that particular invention we’re reexamining here.
I recently had a chance to handle one of these odd billy club extensions and even got to shoot a revolver outfitted with one at the range. Here are a few things I learned:
I discovered that the club, at least the one I used, is actually designed to be used on a Colt and not a Smith & Wesson, even though the patent documents don’t stipulate usage on a particular make or model. Manipulation of the attachment ring was difficult and it didn’t engage completely with the front sight on an S&W Military & Police (later, the Model 10) revolver. When I switched it over to a Colt Army Special, it fit perfectly. The club slid onto the barrel and locked securely in place on the Colt's front sight.