New in Box
Marked: Federal Laboratories Inc Saltsburg PA USA on but cap and B 9039 NO. 303 Billy
Pat No. 2.861.373 on the side
Comes with original Federal Catalogue
This variant has the large mouth at the end of the barrel and is black in color.
$30.25 in 1956
Taken from a 1956 catalog:
The Federal Billy represents a combination of two indispensable weapons; a rugged hand billy and a powerful Tear Gas Gun. It is widely used by law enforcement officers watchmen guards messengers prison attaches and thousands of private citizens. It has supplanted dangerous firearms in banks, prisons reformatories residences etc and is used by US Treasury Guards and other Government Agencies.
Only 9 1/2 long the Federal billy is short enough to fit into a pocket, or it may be carried by the stout leather thong attached to the handle. The barrel is non-breakable, and is covered with high grade ring leather. The Chromium metal handle contains an ingenious trigger device, protected by a patented safety guard. the powerful gas cartridge is concealed in the barrel. Available in two models,; the continuous discharging spray type and the blast type.
The Spray Type Billy fires a progressive combustion cartridge from a choked opening in the end of the barrel. The 3 second continuous discharging feature permits spraying five to ten persons with gas from a single cartridge. This model is particularly safe for close range use, because gas is only ejected.
The Blast Type Billy propels a heavy instantaneous gas cloud from ther open end of the barrel. It uses a special long 10 gauge cartridge almost twice the size of any similar billy. The cartridge contains no liquid only a solid mixture.
The model may be equipped with a 10" barrel, where a longer weapon is desired, increasing the over-all length to 14".