Category : Pistols

French Rifles

All right, because there was an overflow of basic questions about these rifles we’ll go ahead and get a little feature going to help with comparing them and getting a sense of their scale.  If there is anything else you’d like to ask, please do!  For anyone unsure of what this is about check out or collaborative video!

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Pistol: Japanese Nambu Type 94

Japanese Pistol Nambu Type 94 right

Pistol Nambu Type 94 Manufacturer Nambu Rifle
Cartridge 8×22mm Overall Length 7.4″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 3.8″
Magazine 6 rnds rmvbl mag Weight 1.7 lbs.


Nambu’s Type 94 pistol is popularly known as the worst military handgun ever made.  While there are some Chinese 1900’s that may disagree, it certainly has some interesting features.

Military expansion across the Pacific and into mainland China was consuming more and more equipment.  Officers at the front were becoming frustrated with the cumbersome Nambu Type 14 and were turning to European pocket pistols in .32 ACP.  But these were, at best, defensive rounds and really just confused supply lines.  Additionally, army aircrew and tankers needed a capable, small pistol which would chamber the standard 8mm Nambu cartridge.

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Pistol: Hungarian 29M

Hungarian Pistol 29M left

Pistol Pisztoly 29 Minta Manufacturer FÉG
Cartridge 9x17mm Overall Length 6.8″
Action Blowback Barrel Length 3.9″
Magazine 7 rnd detach Weight 1.7 lbs







Hungarian small arms history is often overlooked but the inventors in Budapest were genuinely talented and came up with some wonderfully unique designs.  Here we have a lesser known interim pistol, the 29M.

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Pistol: Italian Beretta 92S

Italian Pistol Beretta M92S right

Pistol Beretta 92S Manufacturer Beretta
Cartridge 9x19mm Overall Length 8.5″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.9″
Magazine 15 rnds removable Weight 2.1 lbs







All right, I’ll level with you.  Beretta just glued a P.38 and Browning Hi-Power together.

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Pistol: German Walther P38

Walther P38 right

Pistol Pistole 38 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 9x19mm Overall Length 8.5″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.9″
Magazine 8 rnds removable Weight 1.7 lbs






Walther had been known as a quality pistol manufacturer before WWI, but the massive contracts from the military had given them a new post-war goal: To develop the next standard German standard military pistol.
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