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Other Name
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 14 - .357 MAGNUM
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960109006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 14 - .357 MAGNUM
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1995
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Height
13.5
Length
23.5
Width
3.7
Description
1. 1 PIECE, STEEL, PLASTIC. BLACK BURNISHED STEEL REVOLVER. REVOLVER HAS BLACK PLASTIC GRIP WITH MOLDED FINGER GRIP AND CRISS-CROSS PATTERN. AT MIDDLE ON EACH SIDE IS BRASS LOGO WITH RAISED LION, TARGET AND "P". RAISED ON BOTTOM OF GRIP IS "THE PACHMAYR `GRIPPER' LOS ANGELES CALIF. MADE IN U.S.A." ON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL IS "SMITH & WESSON" AND ON LEFT SIDE OF FRAME JUST ABOVE GRIP IS SMITH & WESSON LOGO WITH STYLIZED "S" AND "W" WITH TRADE MARK AROUND IT AND "REG. U.S. PAT. OFF." BELOW. STAMPED ON RIGHT SIDE OF FRAME IN FRONT OF TRIGGER IS "MADE IN U.S.A. MARCAS REGISTRADAS SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." STAMPED ON RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL IS "S. & W. 357 MAGNUM". STAMPED ON BUTT OF REVOLVER IS "20D6135". 2. INSTRUCTION PAMPHLET: WHITE PAPER PAMPHLET FOLDED TWICE HORIZONTALLY. HAS PHOTO OF REVOLVER AND TITLE WHICH READS ".357 MILITARY & POLICE REVOLVER MODEL NO.13". BELOW TITLE IS CONTENTS LIST "PARTS LIST", "INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE", "MAINTENANCE" AND "SPECIFICATIONS". AT BOTTOM OF PAGE IS "SMITH & WESSON" LOGO WITH ADRESS OF "BANGOR PUNTA COMPANY". CONTAINS A PARTS DIAGRAM, LIST OF PART NUMBERS AND SERVICING INSTRUCTIONS. 3. SAFETY PAMPHLET: WHITE PAPER PAMPHLET WITH CLOSEUP PHOTO OF REVOLVER HAMMER AND CYLINDER AND TRIGGER. TITLE IN WHITE READS "SAFETY & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR YOUR SMITH & WESSON FIREARM". INSIDE IS PHOTO DIAGRAMS FOR FIRING AND MAINTENANCE. 4. SAFETY PAMPHLET: WHITE ACCORDIAN STYLE PAMPHLET WITH "SMITH & WESSON" LOGO AND TITLE WHICH READS "SAFETY & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR YOUR SMITH & WESSON FIREARM". CONTAINS PROSE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIRING, AMMUNITION, STORAGE AND SERVICE OF FIREARM.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2010, LORELEI VANDEN BERG, FIREARMS OFFICER WITH THE RCMP IN LETHBRIDGE, CONFIRMED THAT THIS WEAPON WAS REGISTERED TO THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE (CERT. NO. K-095693) PRIOR TO HAVING BEEN REGISTERED BY THE DONOR’S HUSBAND INSPECTOR FRANK BATHGATE. THE WEAPON, IT IS PRESUMED, WAS BOUGHT BY BATHGATE AS A POLICE SERVICE MEMENTO AND WAS ADDED BY HIM TO HIS COLLECTION FOR POSTERITY. OTHER DONATED FIREARMS IN THIS COLLECTION MAY HAVE BEEN UTILIZED AS PART OF HIS SERVICE IN A NON-ISSUE CAPACITY AS CLAIMED WAS GENERALLY DONE BY RETIRED CONSTABLE ERNIE KREEFT BELOW. AMONGST THE COLLECTION, HOWEVER, THIS IS THE ONLY WEAPON WITH DOCUMENTED TIES TO THE POLICE FORCE. ________________________________________ ON 8 OCTOBER 2009, TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED RETIRED LPS/CITY POLICE FORCE CONSTABLE AND ARMOURER ERNIE KREEFT (SERVICE DATES 1 JUNE 1977 TO 4 JAN 2004) ABOUT THE FORCE’S USE OF THE .357 SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER. ACCORDING TO KREEFT, THE SMITH & WESSON 38 SPECIAL WAS ISSUED TO HIM AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER, BUT SOMETIME ABOUT THE MID 80S THE FORCE OFFICIALLY TRANSITIONED TO THE .357 SMITH & WESSON WHICH, WAS STILL FIRED USING .38 SPECIAL AMMUNITION. WHEN ASKED WHY THE TRANSITION TO THE .357 OCCURRED HE SAID, “IT’S JUST A PROGRESSION OF A BETTER GUN. THE OTHER ONES, I THINK, WERE OLD SMITH AND WESSON T-FRAMES AND THEY WERE STARTING TO GET LIKE, OVER THE YEARS, THEY GET OLD, AND I THINK THE ODD TIME WE HAD A COUPLE OF BACK STRAPS THAT BROKE, WHEN GUYS WERE DOWN AT THE RANGE, GOT INJURED, AND LIKE, THEY BLEW UP A LITTLE BIT, AND, THEN WE ENDED UP GOING TO REPLACE THEM AND WE JUST ENDED UP GETTING THESE GUNS.” IT’S POSSIBLE, HE SAID, THAT THE .38S DATED BACK TO THE 1960S. BEFORE THAT, HE THOUGHT THEY “USED THE WEBLEY WITH A FRONT BRAKE”. KREEFT TOLD MACLEAN, “THERE WAS A TIME WHEN GUYS WERE ALLOWED TO CARRY THEIR OWN FIREARM ON DUTY AND SOME OF THE GUYS BOUGHT 357S ALTHOUGH [THE FORCE] USED THE .38. AND THEN THEY DIDN’T WANT GUYS HAVING THEIR OWN GUNS SO THE DEPARTMENT SAID “BYE-BYE.” YOU COULDN’T HAVE YOUR OWN GUN. YOU WERE ISSUED ONE.” THE .357’S WOODEN GRIP, CLAIMED KREEFT, COULD BE REPLACED WITH A RUBBER ‘PACHMAYR’ GRIP. “BUT NOT EVERYBODY PUT PACHMAYRS ON”, HE SAID. “SOME PEOPLE LEFT THE OLD WOOD GRIPS ON THAT CAME WITH THE GUN [AND] SOME GUYS JUST LIKED [THE PACHMAYR] BETTER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY TOOK A LITTLE MORE PRIDE IN WHAT THEY SHOT AND THOUGHT THEY FELT BETTER.” AS FOR RANGE USE OF THE .357, KREEFT SAID, “OH, THEY SHOOT A LOT MORE NOW THAN THEY DID THEN. I THINK QUALIFYING WAS MAYBE ONLY ONCE A YEAR BACK THEN. AND FOR SOME GUYS THAT’S THE ONLY TIME THEY’D SHOOT THEIR WEAPONS WHEN THEY’D GO FOR QUALIFYING. SOME GUYS REALLY DON’T LIKE GUNS AT ALL, THEY JUST, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST I GUESS. YOU’D THINK A POLICEMAN, THAT’S ONE OF HIS TOOLS; THEY’D WANT TO BE PROFICIENT. BUT SOME GUYS REALLY AREN’T VERY GOOD AT IT AND NEVER REALLY LIKED IT.” IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, THE MEMBERS OBSERVED AN “OLD FBI COURSE” STANDARD, STARTING “AT THE 50 YARD LINE [AND] THEN YOU MOVE UP TO THE 25 YARD LINE AND THEN YOU MOVED UP TO MAYBE THE 15 AND THE 7 YARD LINE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND AT THE 7 YARD LINE THERE WASN’T AIMING. I REMEMBER WE HAD TO SHOOT KIND OF INSTINCTIVELY AND PULL THE GUN OUT AND JUST OFF THE HIP. ONLY 2 GUYS COULD GO AT ONCE, EH.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE .357S’ EFFECTIVENESS, KREEFT STATED, “YOU KNOW THE THING ABOUT A REVOLVER, IT’S A GOOD WORK HORSE. THEY’RE GOOD WEAPONS. THEY KIND OF, LIKE, JUST KEEP TICKING ALONG BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, IT COMES UP AND YOU’RE IN A GUNFIGHT AND THERE’S ONLY 6 ROUNDS IN AND YOU HAVE TO RELOAD WHEREAS A SEMI-AUTOMATIC YOU HAVE 15 ROUNDS AND THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAINING WHERE FBI AGENTS WERE SHOT AND KILLED BECAUSE OF NOT ENOUGH ROUNDS. IT’S A PROGRESSION OF THE WAY THINGS GO, YOU KNOW, LIKE, OTHER WEAPONS.” ________________________________________ FRANK JAMES BATHGATE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AND GREW UP IN THE PARK LAKE AREA. HE APPLIED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 1951 AND WAS APPOINTED CONSTABLE ON JANUARY 14, 1953. HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ACTING SERGEANT IN 1960, AND IN 1967 PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS DRUG SECTION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. IN 1971 FRANK WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DETECTIVE SERGEANT AND WAS THE HEAD OF THE NEWLY CREATED CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT, IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES IN THE DRUG UNIT. ACCORDING TO ONE DOCUMENT (PERM RECORD), HE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART IN THE FORMATION OF THE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF CANADA, WHICH DEALS WITH ORGANIZED CRIME AND OTHER AREAS OF NATIONAL INTEREST. IN JUNE OF 1978 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF INSPECTOR, AND TOOK OVER COMMAND OF THE UNIFORMED PATROL DIVISION. IN AUGUST OF 1979 BATHGATE WAS PROMOTED TO SUPERINTENDENT AND FOURTEEN MONTHS LATER PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE. HE HELD THIS APPOINTMENT UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1988. FRANK BATHGATE PASSED AWAY IN 1996. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW, REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE AND P20090009001-2 TO LEARN ABOUT THE TRANSITION TO THE SMITH & WESSON AUTOMATIC HANDGUN IN 1995. SEE ALSO ARTIFACT P19960109007, SPEED LOADERS, WHICH ARE DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF THIS WEAPON.
Catalogue Number
P19960109006
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
.38 SPECIAL, “CST. LEE BRUNEAU”
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20130005001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
.38 SPECIAL, “CST. LEE BRUNEAU”
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
12
Length
22.5
Width
5
Description
SN#C808798, SMITH & WESSON .38 SPECIAL, MODEL 10-5. CARBON STEEL FRAME WITH WOOD GRIP. EMBOSSED AND GOLD-PLATED WITH CREST IMAGE AND TEXT READING “1964 – 1990” ON FRAME, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE” ALONG BARREL, AND “CST LEE BRUNEAU” ON UPPER GRIP. WOOD GRIP CARVED WITH CROSSHATCH TEXTURE ON BOTH SIDES, WITH SMITH & WESSON SYMBOL INSET IN METAL. MAKER’S INFORMATION AND PATENT DATE STAMPED ON FRAME BENEATH BARREL. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS REVOLVER WAS USED BY THE DONOR, CONSTABLE LEON BRUNEAU, DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED BRUNEAU ABOUT HIS POLICE WORK AND THE WEAPON ON OCTOBER 8, 2009 AND APRIL 4, 2013. BRUNEAU SAID: “THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE PAPER ABOUT [THE LETHBRIDGE AUXILIARY POLICE]. THIS INTERESTED ME BECAUSE… I HAD BEEN WORKING FOR A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION [BUREAU] AS A SECURITY GUARD UP IN CALGARY … [SO] I THOUGHT I’D TRY THIS AUXILIARY POLICE THING AND SEE WHAT COMES OUT OF IT… I DIDN’T KNOW [THE POLICE FORCE] WERE PLANNING TO TAKE RECRUITS OUT OF THE AUXILIARY… I WAS 29 YEARS OLD [WHEN I WAS] SWORN IN… THE FIRST GUN I WAS ISSUED… WAS AN OLD MILITARY 38 THAT HAD BEEN BORED OUT… TO ACCEPT .38 SPECIAL AMMUNITION, BUT THE .38 CALIBER HOLES ARE A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THAN THE .38 SPECIALS… SO IT RATTLED AROUND IN THERE AND IT WAS AN UNSAFE THING… AS SOON AS JIM TUTTLE QUIT [IN 1965/66] I WAS IN [SERGEANT] ALBERT HACKETT’S OFFICE LIKE A SHOT. [HIS] WAS A NEW GUN AND WAS THE ONLY .38 SPECIAL WITH A ROUND BUTT, AND I WANTED IT… [HACKETT] GOT IT FOR ME AND I CARRIED IT UNTIL I RETIRED… [IT’S] THE GUN I HAD IN ’82 WHEN WE HAD THE SHOOTOUT.” BRUNEAU CONTINUED: “THE REVOLVER ACTUALLY SAVED MY LIFE AT ONE TIME, BECAUSE IF I HADN’T FIRED IT, I MIGHT NOT BE HERE… IN JULY 1982… I WAS IN THE STATION [AT 5TH S AND 5TH AVE SOUTH] AND WE HEARD A COMMOTION, A SHOT, AND A SECOND SHOT… HOW [THE PRISONER] MIKE FRANK GOT A HOLD OF [OFFICER DARCY MURRAY’S] GUN, I DON’T KNOW. HAD WE HAD ANY WARNING ABOUT HOW VIOLENT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS, THERE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN ONE POLICEMAN DOWN THERE… [MURRAY WAS SHOT] THROUGH HIS ARM… WAYNE JOHNSON WAS ON THE DESK AND HE SAW THE COMMOTION ON THE CLOSED CIRCUIT TV AND WENT RUNNING DOWN THE STAIRS AND TOOK A BULLET RIGHT ABOVE HIS BODY ARMOUR [IN HIS NECK]… FRANK CAME RUNNING UP THE STAIRS… [SERGEANT] BUTCH LEE FIRED AT HIM [AND] HE RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR… UP 5TH STREET TO 6TH AVENUE, AND WE CHASED HIM… AS HE WAS CROSSING [THE STREET] HE MADE A GRAB FOR A LITTLE OLD LADY… AND THEN HE FIRED A SHOT… BUTCH LEE AND I WERE THE FIRST ONES THERE… I THOUGHT ‘OK, WELL I’LL SHOOT HIS SHOULDER’ BUT I JUST GRAZED HIS SHOULDER, AND BUTCH FIRED FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE AND MIKE FRANK WENT DOWN… [THEN] HE CAME UP SHOOTING… I FIGURED, ‘HE MISSED ME THIS TIME BUT HE MAY NOT MISS ME NEXT TIME, SO I BETTER SHOOT’. SO I DID. I WENT A COUPLE OF BUTTONS DOWN ON HIS SHIRT AND SQUEEZED OFF A SHOT AND HE WENT DOWN, AND THEN I HEARD A LOT OF GUNFIRE… AFTERWARDS WE FOUND OUT THERE WAS ELEVEN BULLET HOLES IN HIM… IN THAT NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH [PUBLISHED IN THE JULY 10, 1982 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD] I WAS STANDING THERE TALKING ON THE RADIO AFTER IT, AND HE WAS STRETCHED OUT ON THE STREET.” BRUNEAU CONCLUDED: “IT WENT THROUGH MY HEAD, PRIOR TO THIS, ‘IF I WAS CONFRONTED WITH A SITUATION LIKE THIS, COULD I ACTUALLY SHOOT SOMEONE WITH THE INTENTION OF KILLING HIM?’ AND I FOUND OUT I COULD… THAT WAS ONLY THE SECOND TIME THAT I ACTUALLY HAD TO DRAW MY FIREARM… I DON’T THINK [THE INCIDENT] ACTUALLY CHANGED ANYTHING IN TERMS OF MY STATUS AS A POLICEMAN. I JUST KEPT ON DOING MY JOB… I BOUGHT THE GUN FOR $50 WHEN I RETIRED [IN 1990]. THE DEPARTMENT SENT IT AWAY TO VANCOUVER, HAD IT ALL REFURBISHED AND HAD MY ENLISTMENT DATE, MY NAME, EVERYTHING ENGRAVED AND FILLED IN WITH GOLD.” FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, AND COPIES OF RELATED NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND BRUNEAU’S DEPARTMENTAL COMMENDATION FOR HIS ACTIONS DURING THE SHOOTOUT, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130005001
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SMITH & WESSON .32
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20030017000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON .32
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
13.5
Length
29.5
Width
3.5
Description
32 CAL. STEEL REVOLVER HAS 80% BLUED FINISH. FRONT AND REAR IRON SIGHTS. STAMPED SIDE BARREL "32 WINCHESTER CTG" AND ON TOP "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS, U.S.A. PATENTED MAR. 27 94.... FEB.6.06." BASE OF PISTOL GRIP AND CYLINDER SN# STAMPED "42090". STAMPED ON ONE SIDE OF REVOLVER BODY CIRCULAR LOGO WITH "TRADE" AT TOP, "MARK" AT BOTTOM AND STYLIZED "W" OVER TOP "S". PISTOL GRIP IS MADE OF FINISHED WOOD. ONE SIDE BODY DISPLAYS MODERATE PITTING AND GOUGING. HOUSING SCREW MISSING SAME SIDE AS S&W LOGO.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
MILITARY
History
REVOLVER ORIGINALY OWNED BY DONOR'S GRANDFATHER LEODAS DESIRE BOURASSA. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE DONOR STATES: "LEODAS BOURASSA WAS BORN ON APRIL 18, 1897... IN BUCKINGHAM, QUEBEC. LEO CAME WEST IN 1917, HOMESTEADING IN THE LUNDBRECK DISTRICT NEAR CHAPEL ROCK. HE JOINED THE RNWMP IN FORT MACLEOD [AND] WAS MOBILIZED INTO THE RNWMP CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE AT REGINA AND SERVED IN ENGLAND. UPON DEMOBILIZATION OF THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN MAY 1918, HE WENT BACK TO THE RNWMP UNTIL HIS DISCHARGE IN JANUARY 1919 IN MONTREAL. THE WEST MUST HAVE MADE AN IMPRESSION ON HIM, AS HE THEN RETURNED TO THE LUNDBRECK HOMESTEAD... LEO MARRIED JEANNETTE ALIDA LEMIRE ON JULY 31, 1922 IN FORT MACLEOD... [THEY] HAD NINE CHILDREN.... LEO WAS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE FORT MACLEOD GOLF AND CURLING CLUBS, LIFE MEMBER OF KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, AND VERY ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF SPORT IN THIS AREA... LEO DIED AT THE AGE OF 80 ON DECEMBER 25, 1977, WHILE JEANNETTE HAD PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 28, 1977." SEE HARD COPY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BOURASSA FAMILY. WEAPON DONATED IN MEMORY OF LEO DESIRE BOURASSA.
Catalogue Number
P20030017000
Acquisition Date
2003-09
Collection
Museum
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