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Swing-Through Legiron History

October 8 2013 at 1:52 PM
Joseph Fox  (no login)

On the "Help With Legirons" thread, Paul Reardon posed this inquiry:

"it was a while before the swing through Wesson/Pomeroy invention was applied to legirons. Maybe our S&W or Peerless experts on board could tell us when those companies first produced legirons."



I thought I'd create a separate thread for this topic. ---Joe Fox
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Paul:


PEERLESS:

I estimate that their legirons first appeared in the late 1960's...early 1970's.

I've seen a 1972 police supply catalog ad that lists Peerless Legirons...but the advertisement doesn't say the words "New" or "Introducing".

I have a Peerless Legiron with serial #507, so I'm interested in knowing the exact year of it's introduction. Anyone here have an early sales flyer for Peerless Legirons?

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S&W:

They finally introduced Legirons in 1990, with their current model #1900.

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Foreign "Peerless-clone" legirons:

The Japanese "Takeda" Legirons are from the 1960's.

Were today's cheaper Japanese/Taiwan swing-through legirons around in the 1960's too?

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For the earliest swing-through Legirons, of course these come to mind:

H&R Super Legirons (1930's); Strauss (1930's); Harvard (1940's); American Munitions-Chicago (1950's); American Handcuff Co. (1960's).

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Any other early swing-through legirons? ------ Do any pre-date the H&R Super Legirons?

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--Joe Fox

 
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Joseph Fox
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Swing-Through Legiron History

October 8 2013, 2:22 PM 

I forgot to give honorable mention to the rumored BOCKIN LEGIRON, from the 1920's.

...with it's "Swing-BESIDE" feature. ..if it ever existed.

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Adding to the above list: HIATT swing-through Legirons ---from which decade: 1980's???

 
 

Jason
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 8 2013, 10:32 PM 

On the "Help With Legirons" thread, Paul Reardon posed this inquiry:

"it was a while before the swing through Wesson/Pomeroy invention was applied to legirons. Maybe our S&W or Peerless experts on board could tell us when those companies first produced legirons."



I thought I'd create a separate thread for this topic. ---Joe Fox



While I lack substantiating literature, I seem to recall that Peerless introduced leg irons to their product line in 1971. As with their handcuffs of this era, they weren't assigned a model number. Mine were marked something like: 1 Pair Peerless Leg Irons Nickel.

Did they ever make blued leg irons?

Jason


 
 
Joseph Fox
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Legirons

October 9 2013, 7:08 PM 

Paul:

To my knowledge, Peerless never offered "Blued" legirons.

I don't think any company has offered them, except perhaps, as a "special-order".

 
 

Jason
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 9 2013, 9:18 PM 

Greetings, Joe and Paul:

The last post was mine, and I've never seen Peerless leg irons with any finish other than nickel. I guess nickel allergy isn't a concern since convicts could be issued socks if necessary.

Back when I used to rummage through flea markets in the '80s, I used to frequently come across blackened WWII era Harvard leg irons. One of the military sellers must have purchased a huge surplus of these, as he eventually offered them for only $5 (N.O.S.).

Jason


 
 

Cuffman
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Legirons

October 10 2013, 11:40 AM 

DHW offers black Peerless legirons :http://www.handcuffwarehouse.com/703P-Black-Leg-Iron.html

Peter

 
 
Joseph Fox
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Legirons

October 10 2013, 1:19 PM 

Oh...right under our noses! Thanks, Peter.

 
 
Blackburn
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 10 2013, 6:13 PM 

American Handcuff company also made a blued leg iron. It is the speedking model. Did peerless make the 503 in blued finish?

 
 

Jason
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 10 2013, 7:10 PM 

The times they are a-changin'.

Good spotting, Peter, Blackburn!


 
 
David
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 10 2013, 8:10 PM 

Peerless now offers Leg Irons in blue, yellow, red, pink & orange also
http://www.peerless.net/leg-irons.html
Dave

 
 
Joseph Fox
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Legirons

October 10 2013, 8:45 PM 

I always thought that a good way to really punish a male convict - would be to parade him around in PINK handcuffs & legirons while in the presence of his fellow cons.

Sort of a psychological punishment.

 
 

Jason
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 10 2013, 9:05 PM 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio A.K.A. "The Toughest Sheriff in America" concurs:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/joe-arpaio-pink-underwear_n_1307055.html




 
 

Paul Reardon
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 10 2013, 9:24 PM 

Great info, thanks for the helpful legiron timelines!

 
 
Tremex
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 11 2013, 3:25 PM 

And P-503 were sold by DHW before. Bought tens years ago, when international shipping was -directly- possible. "Good old times " ?

[url=http://i56.servimg.com/u/f56/13/67/93/09/p503-n10.jpg" alt="[linked image]">[/img][/url]

 
 
Tremex
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 11 2013, 3:26 PM 

And as is ?

[linked image]

 
 
Nils
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 13 2013, 5:20 AM 



It would be interesting to see ASP and Bonowi have a go at this.

 
 
Tremex
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 13 2013, 3:02 PM 

And the black L-100 too. For ASP, sorry, no cuffs to show.

[linked image]

P.S. : pictures taken on neutral grey, if you want to know the precise color.

 
 
Joseph Fox
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Legirons

October 13 2013, 3:22 PM 

Thanks for all of the photos.

Getting back to the time-lime of swing-through Legirons...If you know of any models that pre-date the 1930's H&R Super Legirons, please post here.

...or if you have any ads for Peerless Legirons that say "New" or "Introducing", etc.


(as I mentioned above, its inconclusive if the 1920's Bockin "swing-beside" legirons were ever actually made).

 
 

Jason
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 14 2013, 8:56 AM 

Joe,

Prior to the website redesign, Peerless hosted a more comprehensive history page. The following is now hosted by J & L Self Defense Products, Miles Tactical and other resellers of Peerless products:

The original Peerless history page is now found here.

A more comprehensive history can be found on the Corrections One website.

Regards,
Jason


 
 
Tremex
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Re: Swing-Through Legiron History

October 14 2013, 2:13 PM 

Finally I have found one more ! If we can consider the "Fury" cuffs as real cuffs ... Otherwise, I don't possess old cuffs (except Bean Tower and Peerless v2), so I would be unable to respond to this quest for older black irons.

[linked image]

 
 
 
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