I must be slow 'cause I've only just spotted it while looking for news of the Bond / Bobergs.
CIA MDL 38-3 Revolver
Doesn't look that odd from the R/H Side.
- But turn it over and you can see why it is only a 3 shot ..
I've seen a statement purporting to be from CIA (who are a big importer into North America) - saying that although they had made nearly 2,000 of these - they decided not to release them and have not test fired them - "They will likely be melted down".
I'd give them 12 out of 10 for trying - but looking at the display sample and its damaged screw slots in the photos and the chipping of the black finish - they probably have made the correct decision eh.
- Would it be a wild guess to wonder if these were cheaply built in a large Asian country like China?
I don't see that they saved much in the width by throwing away three of the chambers anyway.
Keep trying ..
- What is it about firing from the logical bottom chamber of a revolver that makes designers and stylists go ugly weird?
P.S. Why a revolver anyway? - you might have a three shot 'Derringer' by Marston of New York between 1848-1864:
Marston 3 Shot - Slim Enough?
Or why not go for a four shot slim-line - like the Schuler Reform of 1906-1914 that was made in .25"acp?
German Schuler Reform 1906 -1914.
- Looks Plenty Slim to Me.
-How about a modern 9mm version?