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Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Lot 499: Charter Arms Corp - Undercover

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Documented Historically Significant One of A Kind Charter Arms Undercover Revolver Used In the Attempted Assassination of Governor George Wallace of Alabama
Estimated Price: $15,000 - $30,000
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Serial #Charter Arms Corp   - Undercover ManufacturerCharter Arms Corp ModelUndercover
TypeRevolver Gauge38 Special Catalog Page103
Barrel1 7/8 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is truly a very unique and certainly a "one of a kind" revolver that was used by Arthur Bremmer in the attempted assassination of then Governor George Wallace of Alabama. This historic revolver is accompanied by numerous documents, police reports, hospital records and a 9 page Report of Investigation by the Prince George County Police, attesting the criminal act, verifying that this exact pistol was the one used in the assassination attempt. It is also accompanied by a copy of the sales receipt from the "Casanova Gun" shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Bremmer purchased the pistol. In May 1972, Governor Wallace was on a campaign tour as one of the democratic candidates for the Presidency of the United States and was shot after giving a campaign speech in Laurel Maryland. He was hit twice, with one bullet hitting his spine leaving him paralyzed for life from the waist down. Governor Wallace was a staunch democrat and populist within the state of Alabama, who served four (non-consecutive terms) as Governor and who vehemently opposed racial integration and mandatory busing in the state. Probably the most infamous act that he is so well known for was standing on the door steps of the Foster Auditorium of University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the Federally mandated integration of public schools in the south. To ensure that the schools were racially integrated, President John Kennedy ordered the 2nd Infantry Division to keep order and to enforce integration. In September of 1963, he attempted to do the same thing by trying to stop the enrollment of four black children in separate schools. However, he was stopped by a Federal Court Order and the children were allowed in. He later ran for the Democratic (or independent) nominee for President of the United States on four separate occasions; 1964, 1968, (with then retired General Curtis Lemay) then in 1972 (where he was shot) and again in 1976. On all four occasions he was defeated. Later in life he completely renounced segregation and embraced racial integration. He died in September of 1998 from septic shock due to a bacterial infection. The pistol as noted is a very small, five shot pocket revolver with round butt. It is blued with smooth walnut grips. The left side of the frame has been scratched/etched with "RAI/5-15-72", which is the exact date the revolver was turned over by the Secret Service Agent Robert A. Innamorati to FBI Agents Joseph Slaughter and George Sinclair. The right side of the frame is stamped with serial number "104347". The same serial number 104347 is listed on the copy of the sales receipt when Bremmer purchased it from a gunshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

ConditionVery fine with 95% plus blue finish with some minor edge and high spot wear with some scratches and scrapes on the side of the cylinder where it hit the ground when it was wrestled away from Bremmer. The walnut grips are in very fine condition with a dark reddish color on both sides, with minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A very unique and somewhat "infamous" historic revolver.
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