Revolver found in drained Fife loch handed to police

A RUSTY revolver has been handed to police after a fisherman spotted it sticking out of the mud at the end of a pier on a drained loch.
An old revolver was recovered from a drained loch in Fife and handed in to police. Picture: PAAn old revolver was recovered from a drained loch in Fife and handed in to police. Picture: PA
An old revolver was recovered from a drained loch in Fife and handed in to police. Picture: PA

The Smith and Wesson handgun found at Cameron Reservoir, on the outskirts of St Andrews, Fife, is badly corroded.

Only a small silver button bearing the Smith and Wesson logo on the stock of the weapon has survived the effects of decades under water. Its bullet-holding cylinder was missing.

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The discovery was made as half the loch has been drained by Scottish Water for the first time in decades.

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The angler who found the gun said it was sticking out of the mud about 30 yards off the end of the now high-and-dry pier.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that a small handgun was handed in to St Andrews Police Station on Thursday June 2 and will be appropriately disposed of in due course.”

A fellow angler who witnessed the find said: “I don’t know enough about guns to tell its vintage, but I’m pretty sure a revolver flung into the depths of a loch from the end of a pier won’t have an entirely innocent back story.”

Horace Smith and Daniel B Wesson formed their first partnership in 1852 in Connecticut, USA, with the aim of marketing a new type of pistol but it was not a financial success.

They formed a second partnership two years later to produce the first successful fully self-contained cartridge revolver in the world.

They later designed the first large calibre cartridge revolver which established them as a world leader in the handgun business.

Later they introduced a line of hammerless revolvers and probably the world’s most famous - the .38.

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They also produced the model 29 .44 magnum which found fame in the hands of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry.

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