I'll try, as I said please jump in on this subject.
A lot of information comes from Ramos and a SAR article & Swearengen. It's vague and scattered. Helmer has a lot on this but it;s hard to get him to do much computer stuff- The FBI is pretty much out of it these days.
The Dillinger one was a Colt .45, an early example without select fire. It was recovered at the raid at the Lincoln Court Apartments in March 34. The Nelson one pictured was recovered from the Little Bohemia Lodge shoot-out somehow, don't remember, but he used it to kill a couple cops and must of left it at the site, down the road from Little Bo. Believe it's also a .45 .
The FBI has 3 of the Colt minis I believe, but it's said Nelson had 4 and Lebman was working on one for Homer Van Meter ( 38 Super) when arrested.
It's basically impossible to check them out with the FBI, only FOIA and old files. Usually I have Larry Wack look these up. To physically inspect them can't happen and how many ?
I'm saying that Lebman made 6 total, early versions the .45, later the Super 38. Remember he was making full auto Winchester 351 07s too.
Rate of fire, or specifications I have no clue but have heard they were uncontrolable, basically hung on. I have never run across anyone that has personally inspected one, but would love to. Someone that knows these Colts inside and out.
I think you misread maybe, ( maybe me, don't author very clear) the Dillinger Colt mini did not have select fire the Nelson one did, but my photos don't show this, at least from the FBI collection. I've seen the Dillinger one, Nelson one and one with a Cutts, can't remember where. ( photos)
The diagram is Ramous' rendition of what and how the Colt mini worked, only his idea.
Please feel free to add coments on this subject, I'm trying to find out as much as I can too. As I said, it a vague subject that has never been researched in detail. The closest I've come to Lebman is one of his saddles. Photos of his shop & home. We've done fairly good research on his converted Winchesters, as they are on display in Tucson. Also ran across an article just yesterday about the police taking the Winchester out to the range in Tucson after the arrest to check them out- Now that would be cool. Also had a guy that I knew, police officer, that was able to look inside the guns at Tucson.
Hope that helped-
Edited by OCM, 15 November 2012 - 08:50 AM.