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Old December 6, 2012, 10:18 AM   #14
Mike Irwin
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Well, the primary purpose was, as it was on the "military" revolvers, to provide a lanyard attachment point.

ETA: OK, apparently the company referred to it as the skull cracker. I thought that was something that was added later by popular usage. Other M&H revolvers had lanyard rings on a flat butt.

I don't believe military Colt 1873s or Smith & Wesson Schofields had lanyard attachments, which is odd, given that many went to cavalry, but it was a common feature on military handguns of the time.

The 1911 destined for cavalry use had a lanyard loop on the mainspring housing and on the magazine.

As for whether it's pre-1898 or not, I believe that M&H went belly up in 1896, and Hopkins and Allen ceased production of revolvers at that point, so all M&H revolvers should be antiques from a legal standpoint.
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