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The Velo-Dog was a pocket revolver originally created in France by Charles-François Galand in the late 1800s as a defense for cyclists against dog attacks. The name is a portmanteau of "velocipede" and "dog".

Surviving examples vary considerably in appearance, but all have certain features in common. All have short barrels and fired the 5.75 mm (.22 calibre) Velo-dog cartridge. The hammer is shrouded to avoid its snagging on clothing, so the weapon is double action only. Another unusual feature is the lack of a Trigger guard and a trigger that folds into the body of the gun when not in use.

The revolver uses the 5.75mm Velo-dog cartridge, a centrefire 5.5 mm (nominally 5.75) cartridge slightly less powerful than the 22 Long Rifle, using a jacketed bullet. For the more humane, there were cartridges loaded with spice or salt.[citation needed] The cartridge is, or was until very recently, still made by Fiocchi.[1]

In popular culture[]

  • A Velo-dog makes a minor appearance as an assassin's concealable pistol in the novel The Death of Achilles, one of Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin series.


  1. Barnes. Cartridges of the World (tenth ed.). pp. 300. 

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