Lahti Husqvarna M/40 pistol
Designed by Aimo Lahti c.1931, manufactured under license by the Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag c.1940~80′s in Sweden - serial number D10121.
9x19mm Parabellum 8-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic, bolt accelerator and shrouded hammer.
Originally the Finnish L-35 pistol, the M/40 was adopted for service in Sweden for more than forty years when World War 2 came, rendering the import of Walther P38 and Lahti L-35 impossible and forcing the Swedes to start local production. It was very similar to its parent design, save for minor details like the lack of a chambered round indicator, and a lower quality steel that resulted in cracks in the frame when used with the steel-jacketed ammunition used in the Karl Gustav M/45 submachine gun.
Borchardt C-93 selfloading pistol
Designed by Hugo Borchardt c.1893 and manufactured until 1902 in small numbers by Ludwig Loewe & Co in Berlin, Germany.
7,65x25mm Borchardt 8-round removable box magazine, toggle-lock short-recoil semi-automatic, detachable stock/holster.
The predecessor to the Luger Parabellum pistol, first selfloading pistol to be mass produced and one of the few toggle lock firearm out there. Arguably the sexiest.
Danish Schouboe M1903 prototype pistol
Designed by Jens Schouboe, manufactured by DISA - Dansk Rekyl Riffel Syndikat A/S as it was called in Copenhagen - no serial number.
.32ACP seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, manual safety and magazine cutoff.
FN M1903 pistol
Designed by John Browning c.1902, manufctured by the Fabrique Nationale de Herstal in Belgium c.1903-27.
9x20mmSR Browning Long seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, shrouded hammer.
FN 1910/22 “Queen Wilhelma” Dutch contract
Designed by John M. Browning, manufactured by FN Herstal c.1922-83.
.380ACP/9x17mm Browning Auto 8-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, grip and manual safeties.
The 1922 model featured an extended barrel, slide and grip, the latter allowing for two rounds of extra capacity. It was designed with police and military contracts in mind, scoring more than half a dozen of them for various countries - in this case, the Netherlands.
Campo-Giro 1913-16 pistol
Designed in 1912 by Spanish colonel Don Venancio López de Ceballos y Aguirre, Count of Campo-Giro, produced between 1916 and 1920 for the Spanish army by Esperanza y Unceta - later known as Astra - serial number 3402 out of 13000~.
9x23mm Largo eight-round magazine, delayed blowback semi-automatic.
FN 1910 pistols
Designed by John M. Browning, manufactured by the Fabrique Nationale Herstal during WW2 under German occupation for the Japanese army - serial number 22754 and 468781.
7,35mm Browning/.32ACP seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, Japanese style holster - which by the looks of it is based on the French jambon holster introduced in 1873.
Colt Automatic ‘pre-Woodsman’ Target pistol
Made by Colt’s Manufacturing Co c.1915-27, then as the Colt Woodsman c.1927-WW2.
.22LR 10-round detachable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic.
One of the first reliable .22LR selfloader, and one of Browning’s last designs.
Luger Parabellum RSD night pistol
Manufactured by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken AG c.~1942 - serial number 1110T.
7,65x21mm Parabellum tracer rounds, eight-round removable box magazine, toggle-lock short recoil semi-automatic, manual and grip safeties, anodized brass flashlight barrel sleeve with battery slot.
The user’s skin conductivity would bridge the gap between the two brass grip plates, and light up the flashlight attachment through a wire running from a slot on the right side of the frame to the batteries on the barrel sleeve.
These pistols were used by very few officers of the Reichssicherheitsdienst bodyguards during WW2.
Engraved first generation Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army with silver grips.
Mauser C96 ‘Broomhandle’ selfloading pistols
Manufactured by Mauser in Oberndorf, Germany c.1896-1920′s.
7,63x25mm Mauser 10-round internal box magazine reloaded with stripper clips, short recoil semi-automatic, cut for a removable sock that doubles as a holster.
Walther Mod. 8 3rd variant pistol
Manufactured by Waffenfabrik Walther in Zella-Mehlis, Thüringen c.1933-40 - serial number 732522.
.25ACP seven-rounds removable box magazine, single action blowback semi-automatic, unusual extended barrel.
HB MM34 ‘Royal’ Schnellfeuer-type machine pistol
Manufactured in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country by Beistegui Hermanos.
7,63x25mm Mauser 20-round detachable box magazine, short recoil full automatic, air cooling fins.
So many copies of the C96 were made, Astra made a Schnellfeuer variant even before the official one came out. This one is yet another variation with a fire rate regulating thingamajig.
Vz/21 Commercial Model pistol
Manufactured by Zbrojovna Praha c.1921-26 - serial number 3898.
.32ACP seven-round magazine, blowback semi automatic, extended barrel, vulcanite grips.
Originally manufactured as a copy of the FN Browning 1910 for police use, production was then extended to the civilian market before the company closed its doors c.1926.
The Lebel Mle. 1886 M93 R35
Even up to the 1930’s the French Army had vast stores of Lebel rifles, an aging bolt action firearm which originated in 1886. However the French did not merely want to sell or scrap the rifle, but put them to some use. A common policy of the French Army in the 20th century was to hold on to weapons no matter how old or obsolete they were.
In 1935 the French Army commissioned a program to shorten many older Lebel rifles in carbines for artillery units, rear echelon units, reserves, police, and colonial forces. Conversion of the rifle to a carbine was simple, they merely shortened the barrel down to 18 inches and adjusted the length or the forward stock. Of course this conversion came at a cost. The Lebel did not have a box magazine but rather a tubular magazine. Shortening it reduced its magazine capacity to only 3 rounds. In addition, the R35 still used the aging 8mm Lebel cartridge (8x51R), even though the French Army had adopted the 7.5x54 French.
The R35 Lebel saw limited used during World War II. Around 50,000 conversions were produced.
Colt Model 1900 pistol
Made by Colt’s Manufacturing Company c.1900-02 based on Browning’s 1897 design - serial number 3207.
.38ACP seven-round removable box magazine, short-recoil semi-automatic, single action.
Manufactured by Romerwerke in Suhl, Germany c.1924-26 - serial number 1053.
.22LR seven-round magazine, blowback semi-automatic, square trigger guard.
The Weimar Republic’s Colt woodsman. Following the Versailles treaty at the end of World War I, a lot of German firearm manufacturers turned to the few calibers available to continue their work and stay in business, leading to many target pistol models from that era.
Moschetto per Truppe Speciali con Tromboncino modello 91/28 - Carcano carbine with grenade discharger
Manufactured in Italy c.1928-34 as a Carcano-mounted assault mortar, but quickly phased out for a more conventional artillery piece.
6,5x52mm Carcano 6-round en-bloc clip, bolt action repeater, 45cm long specialist carbine barrel.
38,5mm 180g S.R.2 fin-stabilized fuse bomb, loaded through the muzzle in a spiggot mortar, propelled by a Carcano single-shot bolt action loaded with a live 6,5x52mm round, 100-200m range.
A very interesting weapon prefacing the development of under-barrel grenade launcher, but with obvious quirks that were common in such innovative designs of the era. The M91/28 used a single trigger linked to both Carcano action, but was used with only one bolt at a time to avoid accidental discharge - you could technically use two of them but the rifle’s bolt handle would interfere with the grenade discharger’s bolt. The sights are likewise used for both weapons, with their own sets of graduations.
An interesting note to make is the use of the term blunderbuss to identify rifle-mounted cup mortars in both French and Italian armies of the early 20th century.
Pistolet Automatique Peugeot
Manufactured by Unique c.1923-?? for Peugeot.
6,35x16mm/.25ACP six-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, manual and grip safety.
Yes Peugeot also made guns, although honestly they made everything that could be made out of metal.
Haenel-Schmeisser Model I 2nd variant “Schmeisserpistole“ pistol
Manufactured by C. G. Haenel c.1921~27, designed by Hugo Schmeisser c.1920 - serial number 69655 - inventory number F9932.
6,35x16mmSR six-round removable box magazine, semi automatic, striker fired, open-top slide.
Is there a gun the Schmeisser family can’t design.
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless pistol
Produced by Colt Manufacturing Co. c.1908-1948, but also by FN Herstal as the FN M1905 c.1906-1959 - this one is serial number 313948 and was made in 1922.
.25ACP six-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, striker-fired, grip and manual safeties with additional 1917 Colt-Tansley magazine safety disconnector, lil horsie on the grip.
Pieper M1908 prototype
Designed by Nicolas Pieper for the US Army trials of 1906-10, although no record remains of its performance - import mark 8B.
.45ACP seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi automatic, tipping barrel, shrouded hammer.