Bergmann

Bergmann Mars 1903

January 15, 2017 Ian McCollum 32

The military breakthrough for Bergmann finally came in 1903 with a new locking system for the pistol, designed by Louis Schmeisser (who had also designed the previous Bergmann handguns). In 1901, Schmeisser developed the new […]

Machine pistol

Astra Model F (Video)

November 4, 2016 Ian McCollum 24

The Astra Model F was the final evolution of the Astra 900, a C96 Mauser lookalike. The Model F used detachable magazines and was select-fire, with a very effective rate reducing mechanism in the grip. […]

Semiauto pistol

Early Ruby .45 ACP Pistol

October 7, 2016 Ian McCollum 37

The Spanish company Gabilondo y Urresti, later to become known as Llama, introduced this locked-breech .45 ACP copy of the Colt 1911 in 1924. It was not a slavish copy, however, and introduced a captive […]

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Weapons of the Spanish Civil War

October 4, 2016 Ian McCollum 31

The Spanish Civil War is a relatively un-remembered conflict here in the US, but it is a fascinating event for firearms enthusiasts because of the huge variety of arms used. Both sides were supplied by […]

Semiauto pistol

Astra Model 900

September 28, 2016 Ian McCollum 14

The Astra 900 was a pistol developed to take advantage of a large Chinese demand for semiauto pistols with shoulder stocks, following on the massive sales of the Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” in that country. In […]