A .44 calibre Belgian-made British Bulldog revolver was used to assassinate . President James A. Garfield on 2 July 1881 by disgruntled lawyer Charles J. Guiteau , who was angry that Garfield had not appointed him to a federal post. Guiteau reportedly wanted a British Bulldog revolver with ivory grips instead of wooden ones, as he believed they would look nicer when the gun was displayed in a museum,  but decided not to spend the extra US $1 that the ivory-gripped model would have cost.  In all, he paid US $10 for the revolver, a box of cartridges and a penknife ,  before spending the next day familiarising himself with the revolver's operation and firing 10 practice shots with it into trees along the banks of the Potomac River .  He used the revolver to shoot Garfield a week or so later in the Sixth Street Railway Station in Washington, . After Guiteau's trial, the revolver was placed in the Smithsonian Institution but disappeared some time later.