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Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol


[intro music imitating gunfire] [intro music] [gunshot sound] [music fades out] Hi, guys. Thanks for tuning in to another video episode on Forgotten Weapons. I’m here at Rock Island Auction taking a look at some of the cool stuff that is going to be up for sale in the September 2014 premiere auction. And one of the items we have to take a look at… This is an interesting, controversial thing. This is a Nazi SS belt buckle pistol. Really cool mechanism. The interesting question is, what is the history of them? Alright, let’s start by looking at the mechanics of this piece, ’cause there’s no arguing that that is a really cool part of it. We have this cover, which conceals a four-barrel mechanism, four triggers. And when you want to use it, what you do is grab this tab down here, this tab up here, squeeze them together, and out pops… [loud click] your barrel mechanism. Let’s do that again so you can see it. [click] Just like that. You can see there’s a little brass protector in here, because this piece opens the top cover by scraping against it. So that-that protects it. Now, we have our four .22 caliber barrels, and we have four firing pins, four striker springs, and four release triggers. When you want to fire, you just press in one or all of these. [loud click] You can see the- the firing pin striker comes forward. That operates a firing pin under this side, which we’ll take a look at in a moment. – You can do that to…
– [click, click, click] all four of them. Now, to re-cock the mechanism, to extract the empty shells, and to close it… we have this lever over on the side here. Pull that out, and then you can push this down. [click] Pushing it down, uh, re-cocks all four of the strikers. In fact, it’s very simple to see how that works. – You have…
– [soft metallic taps] a little pin right in there and this detent hole. And when the gun is fully open… [click] that pin locks in there. That’s important so that when you fire one barrel you don’t jar this component, maybe cause one of the shells to come partially out, or, um, tilt it back partially inwards where you’ll miss your target. Now… [click] You close it, you can see… four little firing pins in there. It’s rim fire, of course. These barrels are smooth bore. [soft whisper] Okay. And there is no mechanical extractor. There is a little notch, um, above each chamber so that you can pull the empty cases out. They’re very heavy. This whole mechanism is… uh, it’s very solidly built. It’s a lot heavier than you would expect. [click] That’s just cool to do. Now, the markings on it. Of course, these are common. Th-these are- these markings are shared among, uh, several of the-the belt buckle guns made in this style. Uh, BLN, 44, a pair of SS runes. Um, and then R.V.F.Z. Serial number, in this case, 1/L. Now, what makes this curious, um, I have not been able to determine what R.V.F.Z. is supposed to stand for. Um, there are some theories on BLN, but nothing known for sure. Um, the serial numbers are not just a number, but they also include this letter. Uh, for example, number five is marked 5/C. This is, of course, 1/L. And then there are serial numbers on all the other major parts, which you’d kind of expect of a German manufacturer. There’s one here, the barrel mechanism, this latch, uh, this side of the strap, these plates on the back. Uh, the back plate itself. Alright, so to take a look at the re-cocking mechanism I’m gonna go ahead and fire the bottom barrel. Uh, you can see… we have a hook in the striker pin there. When I fire… [click] that pin drops in. You can see the screw has gone all the way forward. Now, I’m gonna pull this out and go to re-cock the mechanism. First of all, you can see that this plate is going to push the firing pin back. And we can also watch it on the outside. Right over here. It’s gonna come out, and the little hook on the trigger… drops in. [soft click] Right there. – Captures the firing pin.
– [soft taps] [click] And then I can latch the barrels down with a little more movement. Alright, so I figure first I’ll give you the story from one side, and then we’ll go through the story from the other side. The folks who say this is real say that Louis Marquis designed- got the idea for a belt buckle pistol while he was a prisoner of war himself. Uh, this is supported by the fact that he did, in fact, patent a belt buckle pistol in the 1930s. Now, it was a totally different mechanism than this, but this- that man clearly had this idea. Uh, anyway, the story goes that he then attracted the attention of the SS during World War II. They had an interest in a last-ditch weapon for officers to prevent capture. They commissioned him to manufacture these. He made between five and twelve of them before his production facility was destroyed by Allied bombing. And those are the only ones that survive today. And they were contracted by upper echelons of the SS. That’s one side. The other side says that, in a nutshell, they’re all post-war fakes manufactured to sell to people who wanted Nazi artifacts. So the issue with the argument that these are le- are genuine and original is pretty much one of a lack of hard documentation. There just- no one’s been able to find any- any documents that confirm the contract or the SS interest, or Marquis’- the existence of Marquis’ factory. There’s a lot of rumor. There’s a lot of hearsay. But there isn’t any real hard documentation. Now, that’s not necessarily surprising given that these were being manufactured, theoretically, during the middle of World War II. The- the whole place was being bombed by the Allies. And it’s not uncommon that records would’ve been destroyed, or simply misplaced at some point. And there isn’t really any documentation to prove either side. There are absolutely fake ones out there. What interests me about this particular one is that it’s consistent with several other known examples. Um, they were clearly made by the same person. Whether that person was Louis Marquis during the second world war… isn’t something you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. Um, but the markings are all consistent. The manufacturing techniques are consistent. The characteristics of the guns are consistent. So the rule with historical items like this has- is always you buy the- the item, and you don’t buy the story, regardless of what the story is. Um, there is, of course, a very small fraternity of people who own these. Um, regardless of the history involved, they’re very cool mechanically. They’re a really neat thing. So, if you’re interested in these and, um, you either believe the story or you just want the item, this will be available from Rock Island in their September premiere auction. Thank you, guys, for watching. I hope you enjoyed the video. Got to take a look at a very cool piece of firearms esoterica here. So tune back in for, uh, more Forgotten Weapons. [outro music, same as intro] [music fades]

100 thoughts on “Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol

  1. If they are fake that is a lot of effort to go through just to make to sell something to people who just want to buy Nazi artifacts. If they are real I fail to see the practicality of them.

  2. Used by Hitlers own SS Guards to quickly eliminate Assassins. Assassin would Nazi this coming ! 100 built.

  3. >R.V.F.Z.
    The f is probably Fabrik and the z is probably the location. Like Ruldoph Volker Fabrik, Zielberg.

    Would be the only factory and location marks, and is consistent with German abbreviation.

  4. Hi, all cal. 22lr an 4-schot ar Fake. MAD in the 60´s bei Opel in Rüsselsheim. In the Lehrlingswerkstatt.
    Only Singles Shot in Cal. 9mm ar real. On Cal. 22lr Clan Not penetrante a Uniform.

  5. what's the recoil like? I imagine it wouldn't feel great if you had an upset stomach
    or you hadn't pissed in a while

  6. Awesome German tech. Those Germans new how to design and build some of the best products on or off the market.

  7. There were never any special weapons for the SS and therefore never any special serial numbers for the SS weapons. According to related German forums, all these belt knuckle pistols are pure fake!
    Grüße aus Deutschland…and no…Hitler is not alive anymore!

  8. If you want to determine if this is for real, you should take some measurements. If you take the screws , you should measure if they fit to a metric or a imperial measurement system for example

  9. I would totally buy one if it didn’t have the whole nazi thing going on, I heard they were pretty bad people. Anyone that has a belt buckle gun seems pretty cool in my book though.

  10. No freaking way this is like something you would see on South Park about the Nazis. It is so absurd and so bizarre just to even think of some Nazi crotch firing this thing at some soldiers as they are about to be taken prisoner is just ridiculous. Or even more insane if he stuck his head in his crotch and blew his head off to avoid capture, everyone just looking around wide eyed like WTF?

  11. 14 000$ for contramption which im able to produce for 250$ and i get hefty profit from it. Show me a picture of fool who payed 14 motherfucking K's for this and i put his picture on toilet door to make me laugh meanwhile dropping duce dude.

  12. I had a belt buckle gun as a kid .. about 1958(ish). .. I think it was labeled as part of the 'Halve Gun Will Travel' franchise and was a derringer firing caps. You would thrust your belly out and the derringer would flip out and fire.

  13. I picture Nazis wielding this in combat like in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, posing like Major Stroheim when he brings out his chest-mounted machine gun 😀

  14. These are 100% post war. Heer eagle of shitty quality on an SS marked device? That is laughable by German dress standards

  15. I'd like to just see the person with a mind sick enough to come up with this …..crap! Just running through the possible scenarios how this would be used! Avoid capture…what happened to honor! Why would this sleazy gadget turn your fate around…you, the nazi officer using this must have perpetrated some REAL BAD stuff that would cause you using a belt pistol! Cyanide would be better!

  16. Even though I live in the UK where firearms are largely banned, I find your videos extremely well made and informative. Thank you.

  17. four small ammunition but i got a 9 inch one barrel with 2 ammunition from left and right but it really depends if your black or asian though the barrel size and length.

  18. I was just thinking about this yesterday. I almost bought one back in 1967 but the shop wanted about $200.00 then. Too much for my student budget.

  19. It's a bit disappointing that Gun jesus doesn't express his opinion, but then they are selling it so there are $$$ involved. No mention of proof marks (there would be some) the lettering being painted not stamped (it would be stamped for sure) Nor any mention of when these first appeared on the market for sale. For me it's 100% fake, obviously, until proven otherwise. And no one seems to have a scrap of evidence or be able to answer the simple questions…

  20. Auction houses usually provide with a service of scanning the age of metal. This is what they do with super expensive vintage cars they scan and watching to check the real and replaced parts so that they can offere the best estimate price. I do work with auction houses this one looks too good almost like new which would make it as the video tells fake but after the proper scan and with right documents if this ends up to be real it could go way and beyond in auction.

  21. I owned a genuine one of these back in the 1960s, I swapped a british Bulldog pistol for it, research at the time was ; there was a prototype made it was given to the Germans and they refined it and made another 12, alas they were not a practical and lost favour

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