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Special Presentation: Semiauto Pistols of the 1800s

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Today’s Special Presentation is an overview of all the semiautomatic pistols that were actually put into serial production before the year 1900. We have looked at these individually before, but I think it is worthwhile to examine them together in context, to gain a better understanding of what the automatic pistol scene was really like in the last years of the 19th century.

Want to learn more about any of these? Here are some videos on individual guns:

Schwarzlose 1898:
Mannlicher 1894:
Mannlicher 1896:
Bergmann No1:
Bergmann No2:
Bergmann No3 & 4:
Bergmann No5:

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