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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