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Circumventions – Modern Version We've carried a lot of articles on Rollin White circumventions in recent issues. I'd like to talk about circumventions of another kind – those that are playing directly into the hands of the anti-gun people and are converting a lot of fence sitters to their cause.
THIS WEIRD AND WONDERFUL ITEM TURNED UP RECENTLY. ITS PURPOSE IS NEBULOUS BUT OUR BEST GUESS IS THAT IT WAS TO BE PLACED IN A GARDEN AND FIRED OFF BY LANYARD TO TERRIFY BIRDS (AND PROBABLY NEIGHBORS). WHEN LOADED, IT FIRES A CENTERFIRE .32 BLANK CARTRIDGE. MY BRITISH FRIENDS TELL BE THAT THE ELEY MARKS ARE TOTALLY BOGUS. ANYHOW, IT IS WHAT IT IS COMMENTS WELCOME.
Miniature weapons and related paraphernalia have been around for nearly as long as have the originals after which they are modeled. Incredible craftsmen, like the famous Swiss watchmakers, have been drawn to the challenge of miniaturization of firearms, blades, artillery and virtually anything else that represents the level of quality and complexity found in weaponry. In this column we will periodically look at the fine examples of this craft and the men who made them.
The German Army adopted the Pistole Parabellum (Luger) as their standard pistol the P.08 in 1908. Production of the P.08 started in Berlin, Germany at the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in 1909. The Royal Rifle Factory at Erfurt (Erfurt) also began production of the P.08 in 1910.
The February 2017 issue of this magazine contained an article on the Colt .32 Pocket Auto that had been issued to Lieutenant/Doctor Robert M. Wilson while he was serving with the Office of Strategic Services, OSS, in the China-India-Burma Theater during World War II. Fellow collector Robert Phillips asked me to help research the pistol, which is generally referred to as a Model 1903 or Model “M,” and that research led to the article
Following is the first of two parts from the next volume of the Sharps Firearms – The Percussion Era Volume I book series by Roy Marcot, Ron Paxton and Edward Marron with DeWitt Bailey II and Richard Labowskie, scheduled to be available later this year. These two parts are excerpted from the chapter about these rare and intriguing Sharps products about which the authors have uncovered much new information and the reader is invited to purchase the new volume when it is released for more...