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The Walther Volkspistole

March 6, 2013 Ian McCollum 49

Michael Heidler is a German author who has written a couple very well-researched books on German weaponry, including a massively comprehensive catalog of manufacturing codes which we reviewed a little while back. Mr. Heidler is […]

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Semiauto pistol

Roth-Steyr 1907 Pistol (Video)

March 4, 2013 Ian McCollum 18

We had the chance to dig into a Roth Steyr 1907 selfloading pistol recently, and put together a video on it. The pistol is quite unusual, with a fixed internal magazine, rotating barrel locking system, […]

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Book Review: Astra Automatic Pistols

February 28, 2013 Ian McCollum 8

Our book today isn’t particularly flashy or exciting, but it is a solid piece of research. It is Astra Automatic Pistols by Leonardo Antaris – and the subject is pretty self-explanatory. Antaris follow a simply […]

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PM-63: Poland’s First PDW

February 13, 2013 Ian McCollum 34

Today we have another guest post, and this time Leszek has really outdone himself. The subject is the Polish PM-63 machine pistol… PM-63: Poland’s First PDW by Leszek Erenfeicht Almost twenty years before the West […]

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Russian 9mm PB Silenced Pistol

February 6, 2013 Ian McCollum 17

We’re pleased to have another guest article for you today, this time by Russian author Maxim Popenker (you may recognize him from his encyclopedic web site of firearms, world.guns.ru). He got his hands on a […]

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Obregon Automatic Pistol (Video)

December 31, 2012 Ian McCollum 24

One of the more interesting (and rare!) variations on John Browning’s iconic 1911 automatic pistol is the Obregon. Developed in Mexico in the mid 1930s, this pistol uses a frame nearly identical to the stock […]

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Clair Automatic Pistol

December 21, 2012 Ian McCollum 9

The French Clair pistol of 1893 is one of the lesser known and least documented early automatic pistols, and unusual in its method of operation as well. The majority of the successful early automatics (the […]

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Book review

Book Review: The Whitney Wolverine

December 20, 2012 Ian McCollum 18

The Whitney Wolverine (aka Whitney, Lightning, or Hillson Imperial) was a very space-age looking .22 automatic pistol designed by Robert Hillberg in the 1950s. It made novel use of materials (aluminum castings) and many clever […]