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Semiauto pistol

Charola-Anitua semiauto pistol

February 17, 2012 Ian McCollum 3

The Charola-Anitua is an early Spanish semiauto pistol dating from 1898. The mechanism of the Charola is similar in principle to the Mauser C96, with a moving wedge being used to lock the bolt to […]

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Handgun

Mauser HSc

February 8, 2012 Ian McCollum 6

The HSc was Mauser’s attempt to compete with the highly successful Walther PP design. Development began in 1934, and was ready for mass production in 1938. The German Arms Bureau did not allow production to […]

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Machine pistol

Stechkin APS photos

February 6, 2012 Ian McCollum 2

The Stechkin APS was available with a collapsing stock and suppressor, for extra-sneaky uses. Thanks to Max Popenker, we have a couple photos of the combo: These and a couple more are available on the […]

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Handgun

The FP45 Liberator Pistol

February 1, 2012 Ian McCollum 7

Today, we take a look at a reproduction FP45 Liberator pistol. These pistols were originally designed to be scattered across occupied Europe in huge numbers, and literally a million of them were made during WWII. […]

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Patent drawings

Browning 1897 Rotating-Barrel Pistol

January 24, 2012 Ian McCollum 4

In 1897, John M. Browning was awarded four consecutive patents, which covered a big swath of possible automatic pistol designs. The one we’re looking at today (pointed out to me by Rufus at SHOT – […]

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Semiauto pistol

Frommer 1910 pistol

January 6, 2012 Ian McCollum 8

One of our readers on the Facebook page asked if we had any information on the Frommer Stop pistol a couple days ago. We don’t (at the moment) – but we do have a couple […]

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Machine pistol

Stechkin Automatic Pistol

November 21, 2011 Ian McCollum 1

The Stechkin automatic pistol was adopted by the Soviet military in 1951, alongside the Makarov pistol. Both are chambered bot the 9x18mm Russian cartridge, and both use simple blowback mechanisms. The Stechkin is a heavier […]

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Steyr 1912 Video

November 14, 2011 Ian McCollum 27

We have another video to post today – this time about the Steyr 1912 handgun, aka the Steyr-Hahn. We have one in the Reference Collection that we are going to disassemble and discuss, so please […]