Mint In Box
Marked: One Federal Gas Cartridge for model m-29 federal billy.
Use before 1971
2 MISB 1 opened box MIB
$2.50 in 1956
Are you interested in Federal Lab. history?
My dad was president until his death in 1971. From what I know those pen guns were available all the way back into the early 5’s. It’s hard for me to help more, as I am not in the business.
OK, fine, here’s a real story from Federal, from my dad. Back in the 30’s there was a big strike at Ford. OK how to get the gas in? My Dad rented a funeral hearse and drove the gas across the picket line that way. Pretty James Bond huh? Well in a way I mean. We always knew when bad strikes were happening based on the orders for tear gas. What were the worst? Labor especially W. Virginia miner strikes.
What about TV? In 1956 Federal met Jack Webb. He did an episode where he showed tear gas being used to roust a suspect from a home. Incidentally Jack did not shoot the gas. Why? He was well intoxicated a lot. An actual LA cop shoots the gas. Wish I had that episode. Webb sent it to Federal along with his autograph. If you find it here’s is the big thing: They shoot Federal Lab. gas but, for some strange reason Sgt. Friday wears a Lake Erie mask not a Federal one. Boooboo from Federal Lab. Down with Lake Erie the competitor. - Blair Reynolds Fairbanks AK