By David W. Arnold
This excessive quality reference bargains readers a dynamic vibrant depiction of handguns major to days passed by. greater than 20 types from the 1900s are lined - the Colt SAA, Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum, Walther P-38, Beretta ninety two - comparable to the times of gunfighters and cowboy motion heroes. in line with the sequence of featured twentieth century handguns from Handguns journal, each one bankruptcy will contain thorough assurance of a particular version, together with ancient value of the version; technical requirements; timeline of layout adjustments, diversifications, finishes and fabric; info on derivatives and clones; collector values; and dealing with and working features. Full-colour historic images provide readers a nostalgic glimpse into the previous lifetime of renowned twentieth century handguns
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McGivern’s shooting exploits included the speed shooting of multiple rounds, shooting at long ranges out to 600 yards, shooting at single and multiple aerial targets and fast draws from the holster as well as speed shooting with frontier single-action revolvers. Initially, he started out his speed shooting with Colt 1911 45 semi-automatic pistols, but soon switched to double-action revolvers because he found them to be better for speed work. After honing his double-action shooting techniques through a considerable expenditure of ammunition, Ed McGivern began demonstrating his remarkable skills by performing at fairs and shows.
The highly polished blue ﬁnish was soon replaced with a black or gray matte ﬁnish. In addition, the grips were soon replaced with one made of black or red/brown synthetic Bakelite material. While the quality of the internal mechanism was the last to deteriorate, a number of pistols were apparently deliberately sabotaged by slave labor used in some of the factories. Inmates from the infamous Buchenwald death camp were known to have worked in the Walther factory. Defective guns can ﬁre when the safety is applied.
While the Luger had served Germany well, it was a complex design that was expensive to make. Walther was among a number of arms companies that included Mauser and Sauer & Sohn to submit a pistol design for the new German military sidearm. Walther’s ﬁrst submission was the “Militarisches Pistole” (MP). This was followed by an improved design known as the “Armee Pistole”(AP). This version was similar to the ﬁnal P38 in both appearance and design. A major difference was that its hammer was contained The P38 is a locked-breech semi-automatic pistol with a trigger action that cocks and drops the hammer for the ﬁrst shot.
Classic Handguns of the 20th Century: A Shooter's and Collector's Guide by David W. Arnold