Steyr Model 1912

The Steyr Model 1912 was, arguably, one of the greatest pistols of the early era, around the First and Second World Wars. It stands alongside the Colt M1911 and the Luger P08, and yet it is not nearly as well known as its peers. Yet this was a handgun built to withstand the rigors of ...

Singer Model 1911A1 Pistol

Singer were and still are world famous for their sewing machines, manufactured at their US plant at Elizabeth, New Jersey. But as the Second World War loomed in 1939 the US Government was already looking for companies that could manufacture arms for a possible involvement in the impending war in Europe. The US was by ...

SIG P210

The SIG P210 is to handguns what a Swiss watch is to wristwatches. The P210 has been described by firearms authority Ian Hogg as "The best pistol in the world" and the first time I was able to handle and fire one I quickly became convinced he was right. If you have used a hand ...

DWM Swiss Model 1900 Luger Carbine

The Swiss were amongst the first to appreciate the Luger automatic pistol and officially adopted the Model 1900 pistol for their military on April 4th, 1901. The Model 1900 as adopted by the Swiss featured the early type leaf-spring mainspring and military issue models were chambered for the 7.65x21mm (.30 Luger) cartridge. One of the ...

Femaru Model 37

The Femaru Model 37 is an unusual but interesting pistol that was made in Hungary from 1937-1944. The Model 37 was based on an original design by Hungarian engineer Rudolf Frommer, the Frommer Stop (also known in three variants as the Pisztoly 12M, 19M and 35M). Frommer's original design for his Frommer Stop was for ...

.40 G&A Pistol Cartridge

The .40 G&A pistol cartridge is one that relatively few have heard of but it was one that helped pioneer the creation of the two predominant .40 caliber handgun cartridges we have with us today; the 10mm, and the .40 S&W. The .40 G&A was not just one wildcat cartridge however, it was made in ...

LifeCard Credit Card Size Pistol

The LifeCard is a new concept in handguns currently not yet in full production. The device is essentially a highly concealable little single shot .22lr folding handgun that is about the length and width of a credit card (3.375" x 2.125") and a half inch thick. It weighs less than seven ounces. It looks like ...

High Standard Supermatic Pistols

The High Standard Supermatic pistols were amongst the best American made .22 rimfire as evidenced by the fact that they have been the only American made pistols to win gold medals in the Olympic Rapid Fire match, first in 1952 and again in 1960. My own experience with these was as a pistol club armorer ...

Pedersoli Howdah Pistols

There's something about muzzle-loading firearms that seems paradoxical; In this day and age where people seem to want maximum magazine capacity and semi-automatic or fully automatic fire yet there is something really satisfying about a firearm that you load one shot at a time to fire just the one shot - or at least just ...