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.

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.

Pistol: Lahti m/40

Swedish Pistol Lahti m-40 left

Pistol Pistol m/40 “Lahti” Manufacturer Husqvarna Vapenfabriks
Cartridge 9x19mm Overall Length 9.6″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.2″
Magazine 8 rounds vertical Weight 2.64 lbs






Sweden’s delay to recognize the oncoming war sent them scrambling to their neighbor Finland for a sidearm.  While they copied the best cold weather sidearm of the time, local production had a few issues to overcome.

Pistol: Model 1892 Revolver

French Revolver Mle1892 right

Pistol Revolver Modèle 1892 Manufacturer Manufacture d’armes de Saint-Étienne
Cartridge 8mm French Ordnance Overall Length 9.3″
Action Galand-Schmidt Barrel Length 4.6″
Cylinder 6 rounds Weight 1.88 lbs







The invention of smokeless gunpowder propelled the French military to the forefront of small arms technology.  With other countries joining fast, the French knew they needed to upgrade their equipment quickly to stay ahead.  Eight years later they built a revolver.

Pistol: Nambu Type 14

Nambu Type 14 (Early)

Pistol Nambu Type 14 Manufacturers Kokura, Nagoya, Chuo Kogyo K.K.
Caliber 8mm Nambu Overall Length 9.06″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.61″
Magazine 8 rounds Weight 2 lbs







The Japanese Type 14 pistol may be the most recognizable small arm of the pacific conflict to collectors.  Despite nearly unbelievably rapid modernization and military improvement, the Japanese Empire appears to have put very little emphasis on pistol development.

Pistol: Russian Tokarev TT-33 Pistol

Russian Pistol Tokarev TT-33 left

Pistol TT-33 Manufacturer Tula, Various
Cartridge 7.62x25mm Overall Length 7.6″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.6″
Magazine 8 rounds detch box Weight 1.9 lbs







While essentially an adapted John Browning design, the Tokarev pistol has a number of unique features.  It combines an American action, German cartridge, and Russian sensibilities.

Pistol: The Steyr Hahn M1912

Austrian Steyr-Hahn M1912 right

Pistol Steyr M1912 Manufacturer Steyr
Cartridge 9×23mm Steyr Overall Length 8.5″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 5″
Magazine 8 rnds integral Weight 2.6 lb







This Austrian pistol represented an amalgam of ideas in the early military pistol market and displays several unique features that make it a WWI era icon.

Pistol: U.S. Victory Revolver

US Victory right

Pistol Victory Manufacturer S&W
Cartridge .38 Special, .38/200 Overall Length 8.5″
Action Dbl/Sngl S&W Barrel Length 4″
Magazine 6 rnds swing cyl Weight 1.9 lb







The Victory represents a specific subset of the Smith and Wesson Model 1905 commercial revolver.  For the sake of this article, however, we’ll expand our interests just a bit and cover the general use of the S&W K-frame revolver in the war.

The Great War Recap: French Rifles and 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!