Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Savage M-1899-D Military Musket















It's believed that the entire Savage production of this arm was shipped to Canada during World War I to arm the Montreal Home Guard.


The rifles in "musket" form incorporated a bayonet lug and military style stock with a handguard. 
They were chambered in the 303 Savage cartridge so as not to delay delivery which would have resulted if the design was altered for the standard Canadian 303 British Mk II cartridge. 

The Guardsmen were responsible for purchasing their own rifles and had the option of having their names stamped on the stock. Many also chose to have their names engraved on the left side of the receiver (not the case with this rifle).  

Blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight graduated to 1,300 yards. The front barrel band is fitted with a bayonet lug. Blue finish with casehardened lever and mounted with a smooth full length walnut forearm with grasping grooves, matching hand guard, sling swivel on the rear barrel band and a straight grip perch belly stock with a steel carbine buttplate and sling swivel. The buttplate tang is marked with the rack number "328".
This particular rifle is stamped "F.A. STEVENSON" and "MHG/1914" on top of the stock.







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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mershon and Hollingsworth Self-Cocking Revolver



This is a patent model of the Mershon and Hollingsworth revolver. The patentees were Ralph S. Mershon and Jehu Hollingsworth of Zanesville, Ohio and patent number 39,825 for a self-cocking mechanism was granted Sept. 8, 1863.
The patent model was essentially a modified Colt Army Model 1860 revolver. The designers argued that standard single-action revolvers like the Colt 1860 and even double-action revolvers like the Beaumont Adams revolver, when in field combat conditions, required too much effort to cock and fire.



This was submitted to the US Army without success. It was turned down stating what little benefit the design had to offer in lighter, faster trigger pull, it has lost in added cost of manufacture and complicated functionality.




It used a wind-up spring to power a ratchet inside the hammer. A fold-out handle on the left side of the revolver’s frame (shown above) facilitated winding the spring. With the spring wound the device worked as follows: When the trigger was pulled, the hammer fell, struck a percussion cap and set off the round. As this happened a lug at the rear of the trigger slipped into the device and kept it motionless. When the trigger was allowed to reset, the lug slid out of the device, allowing its spring to rotate an internal wheel which moved the hammer back to full-cock and at the same time, unlocked, rotated and re-locked the cylinder.


This is from their patent application.

“To pull the trigger [on the Self-Cocking Revolver] requires no greater effort than in any arm cocked by hand, nor does the trigger require any longer sweep.  Hence it admits of an accurate aim, not subject to be defeated or disturbed by a violent muscular exertion in pulling the trigger.  In this very important particular consists its great superiority over all other self-cocking arms, all of them requiring so much muscular effort in pulling the trigger as to wholly defeat or disturb the aim and object of an arm, except at very close quarters.”
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Roth-Sauer M-1900 Pistol





















The late 1890's saw the beginning the semi-automatic pistol era. Designers from the four corners of the world feverishly producing the unique to the weird. It was an engrossing period for the gun nut.
Here is a perfect example, a little semi-automatic pistol that was designed in the late 1890's and very much ahead of its day. 

The joint work of famous gunsmiths virtually always ends with only a positive result especially when both gunsmith differ in imagination, experience, and some of them practiced in the design of ammunition. The Roth Sauer M-1900 pistol was designed by Karel Krnka, financed by Georg Roth, and manufactured by J.P. Sauer & Sohn in Germany.

It uses a stripper clip-loaded internal magazine in the grip and is chambered for the 7.65x17mm Roth-Sauer cartridge.
Also note that the outer form of the gun has no protruding parts which would make the gun fairly flat and comfortable to wear.


The pistol is mechanically quite complex – much more so than strictly necessary. The action is a long-recoil type, in which the bolt and barrel remain locked together through the full rearward travel of the bolt. The bolt then stays to the rear while the barrel recoils forward, clears the empty case, and ejects it. Once the barrel is fully forward, the bolt is released to strip a new cartridge from the magazine and chamber it.

The bolt has a single locking lug, which rotates into a recess in the barrel extension to lock. The firing mechanism is very similar to the later and modern style pistols such as the Glock and others. It uses a striker to fire, which is tensioned to half-cock by the bolt and barrel recoiling with each shot. Full tension on the striker is delivered by the trigger pull, resulting in a approximation of a double-action system.


Now if all this nuts bolts stuff is a bit confusing the following Forgotten Weapons video does a fantastic job on this little pistol and well worth watching.





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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Model 1853 Sharps Shotgun









This is likely the only high grade 24 bore Sharps Model 1853 shotgun ever manufactured. Sharps expert Frank Sellers only recorded two total 24 bore Model 1853's in his book "Sharps Firearms" and listed only one of those as "Fine Engraved." He notes that at least a few high grade guns are listed incorrectly in the factory records as plain. This is a late example and would certainly fall within the "Extra Fine Engraved" category and has the exact same gold inlaid barrel address and scrollwork pictured on page 59 of his book where he notes that this inlay is found "on the highest grade of Model 1853" shotguns. The scroll patterns covers the 9 inches of the breech section of the barrel, and "Sharps Rifle Manufg Co. Hartford, Conn." is at the center in Gothic script. The barrel also has one thin and one broad band of gold inlay at the muzzle and is equipped with a post front sight with small bead. Another very similar gun is pictured on page 46 of William Hosley's "Colt: The Making of an American Legend." Note that this shotgun and the pictured example both have the same pewter forend cap as well. The action, buttplate, and lever display beautiful engraving patterns consisting primarily of floral scrollwork on nearly all of the visible surfaces. 




















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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Swiss Model 49 Prototype Military Pistol






"Swiss prototype Model 49 military test pistol. These were actually designed and tested after WWII when the Swiss military was looking to replace all their aging Luger pistols with a more modern designed semi-automatic pistol. 
This design was actually based on the original Browning High Power pistol and is almost a direct copy. The only real visible differences between this pistol and a Belgian High Power are the elongated and heavier grip area of the frame, slightly longer and heavier rear frame area and an enlarged/reinforced (heavier) sides on the slide. The rear of the slide on this design actually encloses the sides of the hammer, almost giving it a concealed hammer appearances. 
The internal components and barrel appear to be exactly like a Belgium High Power. The top of the slide is machined similar to the later Swiss P210 series of pistols. It has a drift adjustable front sight and a raised, fixed rear sight machined into the top rear section of the slide. 
Although not adopted, the military contracted for 40-50 of these early test pistols. The pistols were actually produced with several variations within this group noted, making individual pistols somewhat unique".





















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Japanese Hamada Military Pistols


This is a rarely seen WW2 Japanese military pistol. It is a Type I Hamada pistol that is somewhat of a copy of the original Browning Model 1910 pistol, only using a larger capacity magazine. The Hamada family were one of Japan’s first manufacturers of modern firearms with their gun shop founded in Tokyo in 1895.
The Type I were manufactured circa 1941-44, this one has a Showa date of "18" (1943) stamped on the frame. Even though there were an estimated 5,000 made in total, they are somewhat rare in that all of the pistols were issued to units being sent to China during the early part of WWII. The few surviving examples were captured in the Pacific Theater from officers or units that were transferred there before the end of the war.

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This is a Japanese Type 2 "Hamada" pistol. It was a continuation of the earlier Type 1 Hamada pistol. These Type 2 pistols were actually only produced from late 1944 until the fall of Japan in late 1945. It was designed and developed as a low cost substitute for the Type 94 Nambu pistol. They are a simple blowback design with the recoil spring around the outside of the barrel and housed inside the upper slide. 8mm Nambu chambered.



In a unique partnering arrangement, the Type 2 pistols were manufactured by the Notobe factory using tooling provided by Nagoya Arsenal and then shipped "in the white" to Nagoya's Toriimatsu factory where they would be inspected, blued, and issued to the various Japanese military units. The original production contract was intended for 500 guns.

However, collectors feel only 10 guns of the original 500 production pistols actually exist today. C.F. Author of Military Pistols of Japan, Fred Honeycutt Jr. identifies the highest known serial number of a Hamada, pg 124, Hanada type II as 50, this very pistol.
It is speculated that most assembled pistols were saved as souvenirs by various GIs and the remaining original unfinished pieces destroyed after the war.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Swiss prototype M-1895




















The late 1890's saw the beginning the semi-automatic pistol era. Designers from the four corners of the world were feverishly producing the unique to the weird. It was an engrossing period for the gun nut.

"This is a Swiss prototype pistol Model 1895 developed by the Swiss designer Bernhardt Mueller. There is very little information known on this pistol, but it was an early attempt at developing a semi-automatic pistol.  
This very unique pistol uses a direct-blowback type action with an unusual swinging breechblock that actually moves in an arc inside the frame. It also uses a very heavy robust hammer that also swings in an arc, which strikes the firing pin in a downward glancing blow versus a straight inline hit. Which is somewhat similar to the Swiss 1882 revolver. 
The interesting aspect of this model is that it uses a "split" frame type action similar to the Japanese Type 26 revolver. There is a large hinge on the front of the frame, with a large retaining screw on the right rear end of the frame that holds the action together. Once you remove this screw, the left side of the receiver with swings open, exposing all the internal components. 
It has a 4 1/4 inch barrel with a barrel banded front sight base that has the same overall configuration as the early Swiss Lugers. The rear sight is actually a simple notch in the top rear section of the frame". 




















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Teat-Fire Revolvers























The Teat-fire cartridge was the brainchild of Daniel Moore and manufactured by Moore and his partner David Williamson for their .32 caliber Pocket Revolver, which was produced under both the Moore and National Arms marques by the National Arms Company of Brooklyn, New York in the mid-19th century.



The Moore Teat-fire cartridge was designed to get around the Rollin White “bored through” patent owned by Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson.
Although it fell by the wayside when the rimfire cartridge was developed it was one of the more (no pun intended) successful solutions to get around the Rollin White patent. .



The "Teat-fire" cartridges did not have a rim at the back like conventional cartridges. It was loaded from the front, and the rear of the case, which was rounded. had a nipple in its center full of priming compound. This allowed the rear of the cylinder to only have a small hole through which the hammer could reach to hit the nipple, which contained the priming mixture and fire the round. Abit like a rimfire cartridge, but instead of having priming all the way around the edge of the rim, it is centrally located in the teat.



Moore's Caliber .32 Teat-fire Pocket Revolver proved fairly popular and National Arms produced about 30,000 pocket revolvers from 1864 to 1870, also during this time, National Arms produced a .45 caliber revolver on their own. Collectors speculate that only a handful are believed to exist today. There is also some speculation that some of these revolvers saw service in the Civil War, however I have seen no documentation that would confirm this. One could assume that any side arm of that period may have carried in the war.



National Arms .45 caliber





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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Smith & Wesson Eye Candy






















Smith & Wesson Model Number 3 American Single Action Revolver in 44 Rimfire. 





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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bergmann M-1896 Pistols











The late 1890's saw the beginning the semi-automatic pistol era. Designers from the four corners of the world feverishly producing the unique to the weird. It was an engrossing period for the gun nut.

The Bergmann M-1896 was a 19th-century semi-automatic pistol developed by German designer Louis Schmeisser and sold by Theodor Bergmann's company. Bergman was a pioneer in developing semi-automatic pistols in Europe in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

A contemporary of the Mauser C96 and Borchardt C-93 pistols, the Bergmann failed to achieve the same widespread success.
These M-1896 commercial pistols are seldom seen as very few were produced with even fewer examples brought back by GIs after WWII. 
The first pistol pictured is a rare late production No. 4 pistol. The No. 4 is chambered in 8 X 22 mm Bergmann caliber.

The M-1896 was manufactured right at the end of production as it is estimated that approximately 1000-1500 total were produced between 1897 and mid 1898 with most examples being in the 6.5 and very few examples manufactured in the scarce 8 X 22mm cartridge. 

The No. 4 has the integral 5 round magazine that sits in front of the trigger. A distinctive flat top bolt and top cover with a magazine side plate with two angled cuts on the right side. It is provided with a means of attaching a shoulder stock.





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Bergmann 1896 Target Pistol



Another very scarce early Bergmann is this target pistol with the long barrel, target sights and rare set trigger. Chambered in 5 mm Bergmann. Only a handful of this rare long-barreled target models were ever produced. 
Additionally this example is fitted with a rare set of fully adjustable target sights. The rear sight can be drift adjusted laterally and also the aperture can be adjusted for elevation. It is fitted with a semi-hooded target front sight that is also adjustable for windage that is fitted with a pin-head front sight blade.





















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1st Model Sharps







Christian Sharps was issued a patent for his design of a breech-loading rifle on September 12, 1848. It would become known as the Model 1849 Rifle (a.k.a. 1st Model Sharps). 
The rifle was manufactured by Albert S. Nippes of Mill Creek, Pennsylvania, for Christian Sharps in 1849.

It was a breech loader that used paper cartridges. The rifle features the distinctive brass circular disk automatic capping device on the right side of the breech. To operate, the hammer was set at half cock and the lever lowered which dropped the breech block. When the breech block, which also contained the nipple, was dropped the capping device would automatically cap the nipple, cartridge would be inserted, breech closed and you were ready to full cock and fire.

Very few Sharps Model 1849 Rifles were manufactured; estimates of total production range from 50-150 rifles.

The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED/BY/A.S. NIPPES/ PHILADA PA" in four lines behind the rear sight. "C.SHARPS/PATENT/1848" is stamped in three lines on the top of the breech.



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