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In 1936, Lewis Nolan Nomar patented this device, which is basically a large 40-round magazine for the 1911 pistol. He envisioned a military use for the device in trench raiding, giving men a compact weapon with a large capacity. Unfortunately for him, the device was both remarkably (and unnecessarily) heavy and obsolete the day it was patented. Not only was trench warfare a thing of the past, but submachine guns could and would do the job of his device better than it could. Ultimately, I believe only two of these were made and was never formally tested by the US military. Nomar may have also experimented with adapting it to other handguns beyond the 1911, although I cannot find any firm evidence either way on that point.
Union Pistol w/ Horseshoe Magazine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8dc7vZjx8E
Slow Motion Artillery Luger w/ Drum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrrMe_Y9zy8
Benke-Thiemann Folding Luger Stock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWv5XysaPnU
At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!