dalbert Posted April 16, 2011 Report Share Posted April 16, 2011 All, I bought a Federal Laboratories 1.5" Tear Gas Gun a few years back, mostly because of my interest in the Fed Labs connection to the Thompson and Reising Submachine Guns, and also because I have an interest in tear gas guns, in general. (Thus this web forum...) Anyway, I'd like to gather more information about this law enforcement tool, including the date ranges of manufacture, and quantity produced. In the 1966 book, Tear Gas Munitions," by Thomas F. Swearengen, he states that the Fed Labs gun began production in the mid-1930's, and was still in production at the time the book was written. I recently acquired a Fed Labs advertisement from a 1933 Municipal Index, and the gas gun is included, so that puts it back to at least that year, and maybe earlier. Here is an image of the Fed Labs page from the 1933 Municipal Index: http://www.sturmgewehr.com/dalbert/MGBoards/TearGas/1933MuniIndex_Web.JPG From the excellent information in Swearengen's book, which is mostly focused from a technical perspective, the gas gun had several updates. I'm summarizing them below: (Note: "Early Model" is a term from the Swearengen book. I have added "Very Early Model," "Middle Model," and "Late Model." These are not official terms, but are descriptions I'm using to differentiate the progression of modifications to the Fed Labs 1.5" Tear Gas Gun, which may also be known as the "No. 210-Z.") Very Early Model: Steel barrel and receiver, only has 50-yard rear sight on breech opening latch Early Model: Zinc barrel and receiver, only has 50-yard rear sight on breech opening latch Middle Model: Has added flip-up rear leaf sight with 75 and 100-yard apertures, and the 50-yard rear sight on breech opening latch Late Model: Has inclinometer sight mounted on left side of receiver, and also flip-up rear leaf sight with 75 and 100-yard apertures, and the 50-yard rear sight on breech opening latch Here is a picture of my Fed Labs Gun (Middle Model): http://www.sturmgewehr.com/dalbert/MGBoards/TearGas/FedLabsTGGun_Web.JPG My Fed Labs Tear Gas Gun is serial #5165, and is marked as follows on the left side of the receiver: 1.5 CAL. FEDERAL GAS RIOT GUN FEDERAL LABORATORIES, INC. PITTSBURGH, PA. MADE IN U.S.A. So, for those of you who own one or more of these, I would like to gather the following information, if you are willing to share it here: 1. Is yours marked in the same manner as mine? 2. Does yours have "No. 201-Z" anywhere on it? 3. What is the serial number of yours? 4. Does your have Very Early, Early, Middle, or Late Model characteristics? 5. Does yours have any other unique characteristics? 6. Do you have any original documentation that might list a date of sale, and serial number? Photos are encouraged, but if you will provide your information, that would be a great start. I'd like to learn more about this law enforcement device. Mine has improvised sling swivels on it, which are fairly crude. They were obviously not a factory install. Thanks! David Albert firstname.lastname@example.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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