POTD: Spain Copied A Lot – Trocala Top Break Revolver 44


POTD: Spain Copied A Lot – Trocala Top Break Revolver 44

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have a Trocala Aranzabal y Cia Copy of Smith & Wesson Double Action Revolver from Spain that is pleasantly featured with some nice pearl grips. Instead of going more in-depth with the revolver itself or the factory I wanted to take a second to inform you why there are so many Spanish copied of guns. So basically it boils down to how Spain’s patent laws work.

In the USA if something is patented in a different country then it is accepted as the patent. In Spain it was set up as if an American company like Smith & Wesson patented their gun in America and did not also patent and plan to sell in Spain then it was an open game to copy.  This is why there are a bunch of Spanish copies of revolvers like this one.

“Barrel rib marked “TROCALA ARANZABAL Y CIA EIBAR (ESPANA)”, with trademark on the right side of the frame. Fitted with pearl grips. The cylinder is numbered to the gun.”

Lot 192: Trocaola Top Break Revolver 44 [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #51, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved August 9, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/51/192/trocaola-top-break-revolver-44

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