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Schulhof 1887 Repeating Pistol

Austria was a hotbed of early repeating handgun design, first with manually operated designs and shortly thereafter with self-loaders. One of the men contributing to this development in the 1880s was Josef Schulhof, a farmer-turned-gunsmith who had a number of patents and designs to his credit. His first pistol was developed in 1884, and this particular 1887 model was an experimental improvement. It is chambered for the .320 British revolver cartridge, and has an 8-round tubular magazine built into the grip. As with many early repeaters, it uses a finger ring to cycle the action, and a sheath-type trigger to fire. I was able to open up the sideplate on this one, and we get a really good look at exactly how it all works.

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