Classic Handguns of the 20th Century: A Shooter's and by David W. Arnold

By David W. Arnold

This excessive quality reference deals readers a dynamic vibrant depiction of handguns major to days passed by. greater than 20 types from the 1900s are coated - the Colt SAA, Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum, Walther P-38, Beretta ninety two - similar to the times of gunfighters and cowboy motion heroes. in accordance with the sequence of featured twentieth century handguns from Handguns journal, every one bankruptcy will comprise thorough insurance of a selected version, together with ancient value of the version; technical requirements; timeline of layout alterations, diversifications, finishes and fabric; info on derivatives and clones; collector values; and dealing with and working features. Full-colour ancient pictures provide readers a nostalgic glimpse into the previous lifetime of well known twentieth century handguns

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Colt retained their original crane system using it on all of their subsequent doubleaction revolvers. The rear-locking latch has been retained up to the present time. This leaves the ejector rod exposed and unprotected, which some critics claim to be a weakness because it can be damaged or bent through rough usage. Beginning with the Python, Colt did provide some protection by providing a protective shroud incorporated as part of the barrel under lug. Later, Detective Specials models were fitted with barrels that had a similar protective shroud.

46A. Cocking Piece Hammer Block Spring (42A) Hammer Block Magazine Magazine Cartridge Indicator Pin Cartridge Indicator Spring 47 Chapter7 47 2/20/04, 4:35:44 PM Classic Handguns of the 20th Century The Carl Walther Company This company was founded by Carl Walther in 1886 and by the turn of the century had established itself as a manufacturer of sporting firearms. The company’s first handgun was introduced in 1908. Until the introduction of Models PP and PPK, the company’s pistol line consisted of a number of small pocketsize auto loaders.

G. Bennett, vice president of Winchester, purchased one of Browning’s single-shot rifles. This spawned a partnership with the company that lasted for some 19 years. During that time, the company purchased Browning’s Models 1886, 1894 and 1895 lever-action rifles as well as his 1887 lever-action and 1897 slide-action shotguns. After returning from his compulsory two-year service as a Mormon missionary, Browning continued with his work as a gun designer. He began experimenting with self-loading firearms in 1889.

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