Interesting handle

I was making a prop for one of my son’s plays today and I needed a short handle. I rummaged around the file drawer for an old leather covered handle that almost worked as a file handle. It had some sort of “nut” pushed deep inside that never really gripped the tang of the file.

I used a screw to pull the “nut” out, but what’s this?

An old .303 cartridge.

I wonder what the story is behind the handle.

  1. #1 by Old Fussbudget on July 1, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Commercial handle, hole wore out or otherwise too big, canny pinchpenny rams a dowel up a piece of old brass and enlarges hole to a drive fit on said brass. First time he shoves a file up there the primer goes off and puts his eye out. Son dumps “Da’s old tools” in a boot sale. 😉

    • #2 by albell on July 1, 2011 - 7:49 pm

      Yeah, you’re probably right. Must have been a New Englander to be both cheap and dumb 🙂


      “WRA company” – Winchester repeating arms stamp on cartridge


  2. #3 by Angus on July 1, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Obviously a WWII single shot assassination weapon, issued to a file wielding spy…

    • #4 by Old Fussbudget on July 1, 2011 - 7:58 pm

      There ya go!

    • #5 by albell on July 1, 2011 - 8:07 pm

      Maybe even WWI?


      • #6 by Old Fussbudget on July 1, 2011 - 8:21 pm

        Definitely WWI. I believe this is the rumoured pinfire leather bullet (code name Sill Cock IIRC) that supplanted the pneumatic rifle as a humane and discreet “weapon, assassination, crowned heads, for the use of [and against].”

      • #7 by albell on July 1, 2011 - 8:34 pm

        later superseded by Burrough’s Steely Dan.


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