The 19th Century French 5mm 5 Shot Le Petit Protector Gun Ring Gun With Case And Cleaning Kit.

by Daniel Russ on February 13, 2011

5mm Round For 5 Shot Ring/Gun Le Petit Protector

5 Shot Ring/Gun Le Petit Protector Cleaning Kit

5mm 5 Shot Ring/Gun Le Petit Protector

5mm 5 Shot Ring/Gun Le Petit Protector


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nag April 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Its superb but how does this really works trigger can u explain or show it

Gerald Lee July 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Just saw this ring gun on Pawn Stars. Extremely well crafted and fairly rare. It is a “pin fire” gun. You see a small pin or rod sticking out of the cartridge in the first pic. The hammer – that sort of triangular looking dark piece in pic #2 – would strike against the pin on the cartridge and fire the bullet. The owner wouldn’t settle for less than $8,500 so it didn’t sell.

Blake July 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Yes, these guns work. the big fingernail looking thing, is the hammer on top of the gun. The trigger is the tab looking thing at the bottom of the cylinder. I’m no expert at all. I just saw one on a T.V. show and they explained it.

Does anyone know where to buy one?

Jeremy July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Where’s the 5-shot? The photos show a 6 round cylinder:) Also, where on Earth would you ever be able to procure replacement rounds? Do they even make dyes that small to possibly reload your own?

manny July 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Who are you trying to fool, and why? The ring gun in the YouTube video is different than the one pictured! The one in the video is a 5 shot, while the one in the pics is a six shooter. Plus the cases have a different color lining. Do just assume that your readers are morons?

Daniel Russ July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm


You know you got me. I WAS trying to fool you. No one else. Just you. Yes. That’s what my goal is. It’s to study and collect copious amounts of information and write all these essays over years…. just so I could drop in a video and a photo that don’t match and fool you.

You saw right through me.

Thanks for visiting the blog.


Itz Auh bowy July 13, 2011 at 12:52 am

Manny is a jerk!
Non-the less this firearm is most fascinating. I wonder if anyone out there makes replicas.

winning July 13, 2011 at 3:10 am

@manny-I don’t believe the OP was trying to fool anyone. Nowhere did he state that the pictured weapon and the weapon in the youtube video were one and the same

gerald is an expert cuz he seent it on the teevee.

Steven K. Mariner July 14, 2011 at 5:16 am

1) I did not see an episode with the 5mm/5-shot Le Petit.

2) I did see an episode with the 4mm/6-shot Protector. In that episode, Rick claims it’s the first one he’s seen personally. So if there was another episode featuring the 5-shot Le Petit, it probably came later in the series.

3) The 6-shot Protector was the one where the seller came in seeking $9k and wouldn’t go lower than $8.5k.

4) The lining on the case for the 6-shot was green, and the seller had no ammunition.

5) Apparently the 5mm/5-shot is a modern item, made as an homage to the original. and is not an actual antique.

6) Apparently you can order ammunition for the 4mm/6-shot, but I haven’t uncovered where just yet.

Carrie July 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Would love to have one,nice piece even without the tiny bullets. All info on here is great! Wonder if the guy from the pawn star show with his 6 shooter is going to post it for sale now anywhere?!?!

Paul July 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

Did they make a .44 magnum version? One shot? Now that would be interesting!

Or a modern version with a laser for a sight. Say using .22 short. I think a rimfire will fire if you strike the rim from the side as well as the back.

Sigivald July 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Also, I wouldn’t keep the hammer down on a loaded cylinder on a pinfire. That’s stupid dangerous.

So a six-hole cylinder really is a five-shot in practice.

LordDragon July 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The one on Pawn Stars is incredibly cool, a single (or two) shot version that used, oh, say, .22 rimfire and had a laser sighting system would be absolutely awesome. Even possible to put the laser as the hub of the cylinder.

Talk about James freaking Bond…

Gary Kysar July 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I actually have one and I would consider selling it for $12,500.00

This Le Petit Protrector is 5mm – 6 shot ring pistol. I would consider this piece in 96 – 97% condition.

This comes in original case – appears to be leather. It also has disassembly tool with it.

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Moreach July 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Um… wouldn’t firing this break your finger? Just askin’…

tristan July 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

How much was it, and what might you want?

tristan July 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm


Tim July 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The guy on Pawn Stars was pretty high too on price. I have found them in England, for 2 to 3 thousand pounds.

Tim July 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Guns, They can be found in keys, parts of furniture, canes, writing pens, knives, swords, jewelry, and the ones in front or, back, or the whole belt buckle ones are cool too.

Gary Kysar July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

I have listed a Le Petit Protector on

Check it out.

Search for:
French Ring Gun – Le Petit Protector

Keith June 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Need one how do i get one of theses rings

BigAl July 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Have something similar but a single shot. How can I upload images to this site?

Daniel Russ July 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Only I can upload to this site. But thanks for offering.

BigAl July 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Daniel, can you provide your email so I can send you the images?

Daniel Russ July 19, 2012 at 5:46 am
Simon Donoghue August 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

where can i buy a 5 shot Le Petit Protector gun ring With case and cleaning kit and the cost.

Daniel Russ August 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

I would google it. This is America. The place to sell things. Good luck friend.

Arnie Fero September 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

There is a Rock Island Auction Co. auction Sept. 7-9 that lists three of the Le Petit Protector ring guns.
Estimated selling prices are in the $3,500 to $8,000 range.

Brian Scott Dennison Ist March 2, 2013 at 5:36 am

~~~ Has anyone seen anyone selling any non-firing, ‘prop’ replicas of these? They would be a perfect addition to a steampunk gentleman’s wardrobe!

diego April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

yo tengo una de ellas de oro blanco quisiera benderla un saludo

king July 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

I got one France made with a B and Star mark who’s interested

tony February 11, 2015 at 9:01 am

Would you like to sell your imperial protector.
Thanks, (917)930-0223

Daniel Russ February 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

we’re just a blog, not a retailer. good luck

KB May 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

These firearms were actually made in the 20th century, probably in England. They were made to look like they were made in France in the 19th century. Any body who says they are over a hundred years old is either a liar who is trying to rip you off, or they just bought in to the whole “French made” lie without doing any home work.

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