The things fountain pens have been used for! There was the Waterman 20s during the prohibition era, but the fountain pen pistol patent shows some really creative thinking. This patent was filed for Gaylord Products Inc. in 1954. This was a single shot pistol, designed to be easy to assemble, disassemble, to clean, maintain, operate, and to be reliable in use.
It’s fun and interesting to see patents – the originals behind the pens we love so much now. This patent was filed by Lester W. Ormsby, for The Parker Pen Company. Looking at the patent, one may recognize a Parker-like appearance about it. This was a novel cap construction to allow venting in the interior to maintain pressure, but without drying out the nib.