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Colt “Brevete” Copy Overview: Legal, Illegal, and Post-Legal (Video)

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When you think about early revolver patent infringement, the name that probably comes to mind is Rollin White. But Sam Colt had more than his share of infringement to deal with as well! Colt’s most important patent was on the linking of the hammer and cylinder, so that cocking the hammer would automatically rotate […]

Mauser C77 Single-Shot Pistol (Video)

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The Mauser brothers’ first attempt at a commercial or military handgun was this, the C77 (Construktion 1877) model of single shot pistol. Why a single-shot sidearm in 1877, well into the age of centerfire military revolvers? That is a good question. By the time the design was complete, the Mausers opted (prudently) to not […]

Bergmann Simplex Pocket Pistols (Video)

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The Bergmann 1896 Number 2 pistol was a relatively successful compact pocket gun for its day, but quickly became obsolete as semiautomatic handguns developed and improved. Bergman and his chief engineer Schmeisser spent the late 1890s developing and improved version of the Bergmann automatics, pitting into two distinct lines of development. One was the […]

Beautiful Breechloading Wheellock (Video)

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Most people think that breechloading arms began with the development of paper or brass cartridges, but this is not strictly true. While not common before that period, there were gunsmiths here and there experimenting with breechloading systems hundreds of years before they became commonplace. The British Ferguson rifle is an example of one that […]

Development of the Luger Automatic Pistol (Video)

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Lugers! there are approximately a gazillion different recognized varieties, because the pistol became so popular and iconic. And yet…they all kinda look the same, don’t they? (If you are a Luger collector, don’t answer that!) A great many ( I daresay the significant majority) of the Luger variations are minor changes in production details. […]

Early Pistol Cartridges – What, When & Why?

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In a recent discussion with a friend the topic of early automatic pistol cartridges came up. Specifically, looking at the context of which cartridges were actually available at which times, and how this might provide helpful context for understanding why particular cartridges were adopted (or commercially successful) or were not.I decided to see if I […]

Q&A #7 Video

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Another set of questions from my awesome Patreon contributors!

0:43 – Guns flexing in slow motion 3:41 – Destructives Devices – the guns vs the ammo 9:54 – What makes some stocked pistols exempt from the NFA? 14:41 – Unusual things build into rifle stocks 17:36 – Best rifle/pistol that never was (sort […]

MP-44 – The German Sturmgewehr

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The MP-43 (which is mechanically identical to the MP-44 and StG-44; the differences are the subject for another video later) is a tilting bolt rifle with a long stroke gas piston. It was manufactured primarily from complex sheet steel stampings, as a way to minimize the amount of high-quality and thus difficult to acquire […]

Scoped C96 Conehammer Carbine

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This scoped C96 carbine is serial number 12 of the original run of just 30 large-ring C96 carbines. It has the long barrel and detachable stock (in place of the standard pistol grip) of the C96 carbine. The most obvious feature, however, is the telescopic sight mounted on the piece. This was not installed […]

Benke-Thiemann Folding Luger Holster

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While most major pistols made before the 1930s had some type of shoulder stock available as an option, the Luger had much more variety of stocks than most others. In addition to the several types of wooden stocks made on military contract, there were also several commercial types of folding stocks made. One of […]