This old Smith & Wesson .32 revolver may have been owned by Al Capone.
Looking for an older revolver with a unique history? You need look no farther than a gun being put on the auction block in Michigan.
As the story goes, this .32 caliber Smith & Wesson was owned by none other notorious gangster Al Capone.
Of course, there’s probably no way of saying with absolute certainty this is Capone’s handgun, but it’s got a heck of a story to go with it. SSL Firearms auction lists the gun with a listing that says the revolver was one Capone liked to keep in his golf bag.
The handgun was stolen by one of Public Enemy No. 1’s booze runners from his house in St. Joseph Michigan by Charles D’Agostino-Genauldi. Definitely a risky-sounding thing to do with someone as notorious as Capone!
But it would seem, at least from the few details we have, Capone never found out who was responsible and the firearm has changed hands a few times since then. D’Agostino gave the gun to his half-brother, who sold it to a third man, Robert Forrest back in 1983.
The listing reports Forrest then sold the firearm to its current owner, who is unnamed. This story is documented in paperwork included on the listing and with the gun.
The lucky winner of the auction will also get a Spalding golf ball case from the 1920s. Supposedly, this was the box Capone kept the revolver when it was stolen.
Of course, there’s really nothing besides the word of the men in the story to collaborate this story. And it’s unlikely a firearm connected with Scarface would actually have any legal paperwork to go with it. So it’s up to sellers to decide for themselves if the story is true or not.
But no one can deny it is a unique firearms auction. Bidding officially opens on January 9 and there is no reserve. See SSL Auctions for more details.