Exploded revolver, Wexford / Carlow, c. 1920 / 1921
This six chambered revolver was used in IRA raids for arms and general hold-ups by the Wexford and Carlow Brigades during the War of Independence. As there was a severe shortage of ammunition, the brigade members attempted to recharge the used cartridge cases with a mixture of powder and gelignite. Despite some initial success the revolver exploded during an action in County Carlow, blowing off two chambers and the bridge of the barrel.
Exploded revolver, Wexford / Carlow, c. 1920 / 1921 is located at: On Display