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1907 US Pistol & Revolver Trials

May 27, 2011 Ian McCollum 4

When the US began its engagement in the Philippines at the close of the 19th century, the standard service sidearm was a .38 caliber double-action revolver. This was found to be insufficient for serious combat […]

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Mars Pistol

April 15, 2011 Ian McCollum 5

Today’s post was written by reader Christopher Eger. Please check out his blog, Last Stand on Zombie Island. Thanks, Christopher! Wool jackets, bowler hats, waxed mustaches and the pall of London’s thick coal-dust fog. All […]

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Borchardt automatic pistol

February 25, 2011 Ian McCollum 0

There is not much controversy over the identity of the first commercially successful – or at least the first serially produced – automatic pistol. Hugo Borchardt takes the prize with his 1893 design. Shown here […]

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Mannlicher 1910 automatic pistol

December 29, 2010 Ian McCollum 2

We have another addition to the pistol section for you today – the Mannlicher 1910 automatic pistol. I don’t have much other information for you, but this is an interesting and lesser-known contemporary of the […]

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Bergmann Simplex automatic pistol

December 27, 2010 Ian McCollum 0

We’ve had the most common Bergmann pistol – the M1910/21 – in the Vault for some time now, and today it is joined by another of Theodore Bergmann’s pistols. The Simplex was a refinement of […]