The Velo-dog Revolver was a French pocket revolver, designed by Charles-Francois Galand in 1894. The name "Velo-dog" comes from the portmanteau of the words "Velocipede" (an early type of bicycle) and "dog" which eludes to the fact that the Velo-dog was designed to protect cyclists from wild dog attacks.
The Velo-Dog was designed to be used in defence against wild dog attacks when the user was on a bicycle. Therefore the hammer is concealed within the frame, preventing it from snagging on the user's pocket when they drew it, ergo the Velo-Dog fires using a double action only mechanism. This mechanism was as simple as possible to prevent the user from having to regularly maintain the firearm.
The Velo-Dog was manufactured with a 1.5in long barrel that lacked rifling which limited the range of the Velo-Dog to some degree. The whole gun itself only measured 5in in length to allow the user to wield it in one hand. A very simple safety mechanism, operated via a lever, was also fitted to the Velo-Dog which was quick to engage and disengage with only one hand. The trigger varied from Velo-Dog to Velo-Dog, some having trigger guards some not, with those that lacked a trigger guard often having folding triggers.
The Velo-Dog was designed to fire its own specific cartridge, the 5.5mm calibre (often written as 5.75mm) Velo-Dog cartridge, which had been designed alongside the Velo-Dog. The cartridge was less powerful and marginally smaller than the conventional .22 Long Rifle and was often filled with spice or salt for more humane use.
UsageEditThe Velo-Dog was originally manufactured in France by its designer Charles-Francois Galand where it would be manufactured (roughly in exactly the same way) for around 55 years. In America the Velo-Dog became popular enough for other gunmakers to begin production of their own "Velo-Dogs" leading to several copies of the original, as well as a de-facto group of firearms named "Velo-Dogs".