Very rare experimental 1913 Patton Saber for the US Cavalry

    When you look at these pictures it’s easy to focus on the 1911 .45 ACP pistol first, then its strange attachment.

    That’s what I did anyway, but people and collectors into sabres, US Cavalry and historical things look at the “attachment” instead.

    According to an expert, a person who has collected US Cavalry accoutrements for almost 30 years, value the “firearm” pictured at around $50,000 – or more.

    We’re looking at an experimental 1913 Patton Saber normally used by the US Cavalry and designed by George Patton when he was a lieutenant in the Cavalry.

    This particular saber is one of a few prototypes made by Rock Island Arsenal. The saber had a 1911 built into the hand guard with a sliding wire stock which made it a shoulder fired .45 ACP Carbine.

    The sabre pictured is owned by Hayes Outopalik of Missoula Montana.

    I was unable to find this sabre on their somewhat user-unfriendly homepage, but here’s a direct link to Hayes Outopalik’s American Edged Weapons.

    Below: This experimental sabre is seriously steampunk

    Unsurprisingly, this experimental sabre never saw service. Possibly, it’s got to be one of the rarest US made sabres but as usual I look forward to the comments below where you tell me there is something even rarer.

    By today’s ATF regulations I’m not sure if this would be a “Short Barreled Rifle” or “Any Other Weapon“.
    I was told it’s treated as an “Antique firearm“, but then it was manufactured after 1899.

    Below: This creation looks like the flying brooms in the Harry Potter movies. A “firearm” like this is invaluable in terms of history.

    The M1913 “Patton” Saber.

    To learn more about the original US Cavalry saber you can check the Patton HQ and Wikipedia.

    We welcome more information about this and similar experimental sabres (if there are any?) if you have the knowledge, or good guesses.

    Many thanks to our anonymous helper for the information and pictures.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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