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Thanks. In response to your idea I am going to go by the fly fishing shop at Bass Pro Shops store and ask the gentlemen that is always in there tying flies. I will post what I find out.
He was a high school principle so not much help there I am afraid. As hobbies he loved to fish and do gunsmith work. At least from my research I cannot tie to either of those activities. I suppose it may have belonged to someone else further back in the family?
Thanks for helping with ideas on this mystery tool. I just checked and no parts come off of it. From my experience the point is not sharp enough and to blunt to punch through leather for sure. Maybe to thread something through a hole already in leather?
Window punch is a good guess and one that I had not thought of. However, I don't think that is what it is for two reasons. One, the spring action slide of the barrel is not very fast / strong so I don't think it would cause glass to break. I will find something to test it on to be sure. The second reason is I just looked at a lot of glass punch tool images and I cannot find any that have the sharp barb shape on the back of the tip. It seems like it is designed that way for a purpose to cut or trap something between it and the barrel. Thank you for helping to figure this out.
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