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Lot 1327: Sedgley Mark Two "Fist Gun" Hand Firing Device with Fitted Glove

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Lot 1327: Sedgley Mark Two "Fist Gun" Hand Firing Device with Fitted Glove

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Estimated Price: $9,000 - $14,000
Price Realized:

Rare Sedgley Mark Two "Fist Gun" Hand Firing Device with Fitted Glove

Manufacturer: Sedgley
Model: Mark II
Type: Firearm
Gauge: 38
Barrel: 2 7/8 inch round
Finish: blue
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Catalog Page: 271
Class: Curio & Relic Other
Description:

Originally patented in 1944 by Stanley M. Haight, the Sedgley Fist Gun, also known by the nomenclature "Hand Firing Mechanism Mark 2" and noted on the ATF's Curio & Relic List as the "OSS Glove Pistol", has been the subject of great speculation and a certain amount of fantasy about its intended purpose and end users; some sources describe it as an assassination weapon, or attribute it to the Office of Strategic Services. In fiction the Sedgley saw its most famous use in the film "Inglorious Basterds" (sic), being used by a pair of the titular operatives to eliminate a pair of Nazi sentries in a movie theater. Per the original patent, Haight's pistol was designed with the regular soldier in mind first and foremost. Citing the prevalence of sneak attacks and hand to hand combat in warfare. Haight designed a weapon that could be ready and at hand at all waking hours, so even if a soldier was caught unaware or while separated from his regular service weapon, he could simply ball up his fist and make a good, loud response. Additionally, the original patent points out that any concealability was secondary to speed of deployment, actively distancing the Fist Gun from previously designed ''sneak'' weapons, and had no integral noise suppression. Documentation of actual use in the field is virtually non-existent, though the Sedgley has been reported in/on the hands of WWII U.S. Navy Construction Battalion (Seabee) men operating heavy equipment like boats or tractors. This Mark 2 is of blued steel construction and mounted to a curved steel plate, with "27" on the baseplate and the underside of the barrel, installed on a tan leather work glove. For firing, a spring loaded plunger runs about to the first knuckle on the ring finger, with a parallel single shot barrel about 3/4 of an inch shorter and a small manual safety; making a fist takes the fingers out of the way and exposes the plunger, which you then jam into your would-be ambusher's nearest body part, promptly discharging the 38 caliber round at near-contact distance. After discharge, the soldier could either manually eject the empty shell and reload, or keep hitting the enemy with the 1+ pound steel blunt instrument strapped to their hand. The glove itself is unmarked, but relatively consistent in style and construction with other observed examples

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 90% of the original blue finish, showing some light contact wear from the safety switch and mild handling marks overall. The glove is a bit dry and cracked, but generally very good. Mechanically excellent. A very rare and interesting World War II military item, seldom found in any military collection.



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