Constitution Arms‘ attempt to reanimate the palm pistol concept has faded into obscurity. Thanks to Rock Island Auctions, frustrated palm pilots can still arm Rosy Palm and her five lovely daughters. beforeitsnews.com (of all people) tell us that “The well-known firm of St. Etienne/ManuFrance, roughly the French 19th century version of Sears, produced the Gaulois. Put into production in 1896, they seem to have fallen out of favor by 1911 . . . A 3-position safety took a moment to figure out before the gun could safely be squeezed to fire [sic], but this simple 10-ounce a five-shot [8mm] semi auto pistol was perhaps the most effective of all the French palm guns.” Like the world’s most fire-resistant paper hat? Anyway, this one’s not le plus ultra of palm pistols. In fact . . .
They were made in four different grades that varied from the simplest which had plain bluing and rubber grips, to the top grade, (a certifiable pimp gun) with a Damascus steel barrel over a nickel finish.
How much would the Gaulois be worth with pimp provenance? Note: this gun is not to be confused with Gauloises, which are far more lethal.