Military Factory

Pistols / Handguns and Revolvers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

As technology allowed for more compact, mechanically-actuated forms, the pistol replaced the sabre as the standard sidearm in battle.





There are a total of (157) Pistols / Handguns and Revolvers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing includes semi-automatic, flintlock, percussion cap and machine pistol forms.




1848
Allen & Thurber Single-Shot
The Allen & Thurber single-shot pistol was developed for competition shooting. It was a single-shot ... [Read More]
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1981
Al-Qadissiya Tariq
In 1981, the nation of Iraq began local license production of the classic Beretta M1951 (Model 1951)... [Read More]
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1977
AMT Hardballer
From 1977 to 2002, the now-bankrupt Arcadia Machine and Tool (AMT) company of Irwindale, California,... [Read More]
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2012
Arsenal Firearms AF-1 (Strike One)
An Italian-Russian joint venture under the Arsenal Firearms brand label has introduced a new hammerl... [Read More]
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1927
Ballester-Molina / HAFDASA
The Ballester-Molina is nothing more than an Argentine locally-produced copy of the successful Ameri... [Read More]
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1990
Beretta M9
In 1980, the US Army sought to replace its venerable - though highly outdated - Colt M1911A1 semi-au... [Read More]
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1915
Beretta Model 1915
The Beretta Model of 1915 was the beginning of the long-running and storied Beretta semi-automatic p... [Read More]
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1934
Beretta Model 1934
Beretta - founded as far back as 1526 in Brescia, Italy - introduced their first semi-automatic pist... [Read More]
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1935
Beretta Model 1935
The storied firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bre... [Read More]
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1949
Beretta Model 1951
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1975
Beretta Model 92
The Beretta concern of Italy has been making firearms since it was founded in 1526, today existing a... [Read More]
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1986
Beretta Model 93R
The Beretta Model 93R (or simply "93R") was produced by the Italian firm of Pietro Beretta SpA out o... [Read More]
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2004
Beretta Px4 Storm
The Italian gun concern of Beretta has been making firearms since 1526 and semi-automatic pistols si... [Read More]
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1750
British Sea Service Pistol
With the wider acceptance of firearms, even the Age of Sail was not immune to the evolution seen in ... [Read More]
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1983
Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action)
Designed in 1983, the Browning BDA ("Browning Double-Action") was another semi-automatic pistol form... [Read More]
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1935
Browning High-Power / FN GP35
The Browning High-Power (or Fabrique Nationale FN GP35 - "GP" for "Grande Puissance") has a lineage ... [Read More]
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1900
Browning Model 1900 / FN M1900 / Browning No. 1
The Browning Model 1900 was John Browning's first successful pistol design, further solidifying an a... [Read More]
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1903
Browning Model 1903 / FN M1903
The Fabrique Nationale FN Model 1903 was a solid, well-traveled pistol used in both World Wars. The ... [Read More]
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1910
Browning Model 1910 / FN M1910
The Model 1910 was another successful John Browning firearms design that was initially produced by t... [Read More]
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1922
Browning Model 1922 (Model 1910/1922)
In 1923, the Yugoslavian authorities contracted the Belgian concern of Fabrique Nationale to develop... [Read More]
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2004
Brugger & Thomet MP9
Introduced in 2004, the Brugger & Thomet MP9 became a further development of the Steyr TMP ("Tactica... [Read More]
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2007
Caracal CP
The Caracal CP name represents a new line of semi-automatic pistols, the first such weapons to emerg... [Read More]
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1976
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ75 (Phantom)
The CZ75, as its designation suggests, was designed and introduced in 1975 and entered serial produc... [Read More]
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1927
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 27
Ceska Zbrojovka is a storied firearms concern that originated in the former Czechoslovakia in the ye... [Read More]
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1961
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 61 (Skorpion)
The Skorpion submachine gun is originally of Czechoslovakian origin and was designed in the late 195... [Read More]
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1990
Colt Anaconda
Continuing the Colt tradition of excellent revolvers named after snakes, the concern delivered their... [Read More]
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1911
Colt M1911
The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th ... [Read More]
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1986
Colt MEU(SOC)
The MEU(SOC) represents the ultimate evolution of the M1911 Colt system which appeared in the early ... [Read More]
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1848
Colt Model 1848 (Baby Dragoon)
The success of the Colt Model 1848 "Dragoon" line (described in a separate entry) prompted Samuel Co... [Read More]
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1851
Colt Model 1851 Navy
At the end of the 1840's Samuel Colt was hard at work designing a new revolver of .36 caliber, this ... [Read More]
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1855
Colt Model 1855 (Root Revolver)
Early Colt revolvers operated from what was known as an "open frame" design meaning that there was n... [Read More]
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1860
Colt Model 1860 New Army
Colt brought about their New Army Model revolver in 1860 and it quickly proved itself the definitive... [Read More]
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1861
Colt Model 1861 Navy
Design of the Colt Model 1861 Navy was not unlike Colt's previous "Navy" offering - the Model 1851 N... [Read More]
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1862
Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy
The success of the original Colt Model 1851 Navy (sold in 215,000 examples) provided the foundation ... [Read More]
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1898
Colt Model 1898 (New Service)
In 1898, Colt Firearms unveiled a new six-shot revolver chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as the ... [Read More]
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1903
Colt Model 1903 (Pocket Hammerless)
The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (or M1903) was a semi-automatic pistol from the long line of f... [Read More]
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1917
Colt Model 1917
When the Americans formally entered World War 1 in 1917, they lacked much in the way of viable fight... [Read More]
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1955
Colt Python
The Colt Python is regarded by many gun purists and firearms experts as quite possibly the finest do... [Read More]
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1873
Colt Single Action Army (Colt 45 / Peacemaker)
The Colt firearms firm certainly hit its stride in the 1800s, helped no doubt by the American Civil ... [Read More]
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1860
Cooper Pocket Double Action
Many firearms manufacturers of the late 1800s were overshadowed by the likes of Colt and Remington b... [Read More]
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1825
Deringer (Derringer Pocket Pistol)
The word "derringer" was a generic name for super-compact pistols of the 19th Century. The title ste... [Read More]
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1842
Deringer Model 1842 Navy
Henry Deringer was well-known for his pocket pistols to the point that many eventually carried the ... [Read More]
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1850
Devisme Percussion Revolver
F.P. Devisme was a highly skilled weapons maker based in Paris, France. While not exclusively known ... [Read More]
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1879
Dreyse Reichsrevolver Model 1879 (Trooper / Cavalry Model)
The Reichsrevolver ("Government Revolver") Model 1879 (also known as the "Trooper" or Cavalry" model... [Read More]
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1883
Dreyse Reichsrevolver Model 1883 (Officer / Infantry Model)
Introduced in 1883, the Model 1883 Reichsrevolver served as a standard-issue sidearm with the Imperi... [Read More]
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1765
Duval Model 1765
The Washington Naval Yard of Washington, D.C. holds a flintlock pistol in its collection that report... [Read More]
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1880
Enfield Mk I / Mk II
The Enfield Mk I/Mk II series of service revolvers appeared late in the 19th Century amidst a period... [Read More]
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1932
Enfield No. 2
Since World War 1, the British Army appreciated its large caliber revolvers mainly due to their inhe... [Read More]
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2000
Fabrique Nationale Five-seveN
The Fabrique Nationale FN Five-seveN is a self-cocking, semi-automatic pistol that has seen service ... [Read More]
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1974
Fabrique Nationale FN Barracuda
The FN Barracuda was a security service pistol proposed by the Belgium firm of Fabrique Nationale an... [Read More]
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1937
FEG Model 37M
Hungarian engineer Rudolf Frommer worked his way up the company ranks of Budapest-based FEG ("Femaru... [Read More]
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1942
FP-45 (Liberator / OSS Pistol / M1942 Pistol)
Origins of the FP-45 single-shot pistol place it as an initiative by the US Army, intending to arm c... [Read More]
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1820
Francotte Pinfire
The Francotte Pinfire Revolver was Belgian in origin, work completed by the firm of A. Francotte a L... [Read More]
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1898
Gasser & Rast Model 1898
The Gasser & Rast Model 1898 service revolver was a handgun utilized by the Austro-Hungarian Army at... [Read More]
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1870
Gasser Model 1870 Army Service
The Gasser Model 1870 Army Service pistol became the standard sidearm of cavalry units in service to... [Read More]
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1983
Glock 17
The Glock 17 has gone on to see extensive service in both military and police roles with a plethora ... [Read More]
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1985
Glock 18
The Glock 18 (or Glock Model 18) was similar in many ways to the preceding Glock 17 production model... [Read More]
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1988
Glock 19
The Glock 19 is a smaller pistol (defined as "compact") based on the original Glock 17 with the new ... [Read More]
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1990
Glock 20
The powerful Glock 20 was designed specifically to take advantage of the large 10mm Auto (10x25mm) p... [Read More]
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1990
Glock 21
The Glock 21 (Glock GmbH of Austria) was essentially the Glock 20 model modified for the US market t... [Read More]
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1990
Glock 22
The Glock 22 appeared in 1990 and went on to become one of the most popular pistols in use by 2006. ... [Read More]
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1990
Glock 23
The Glock 23 was another "bridging" pistol attempting to combine the in-between .40 S&W caliber cart... [Read More]
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1992
Glock 24
The Glock 24 was a limited-run pistol developed by Glock GmbH of Austria. The Model 24 was an off-sh... [Read More]
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1995
Glock 25
The Glock 25 was introduced sometime in 1995 and made use of the .380 ACP cartridge - a low-recoil, ... [Read More]
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1996
Glock 26
The Glock 26 was designed with the thought of creating a Glock handgun that was easily concealable a... [Read More]
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1996
Glock 27
The subcompact Glock 27 was similar in respects to the Glock 26, designed for ease of concealment wh... [Read More]
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1997
Glock 28
The Glock 28 was similar in respects to the subcompact Glock 26 and Glock 27 models though chambered... [Read More]
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Glock 29
The Glock 29 (also known as the "Multi-Purpose 10") was similar to other Glock handgun forms in many... [Read More]
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1988
Glock 30
Based in many ways on the preceding Glock 29 design, the Glock 30 is another fine example of pistol ... [Read More]
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1996
Glock 31
The Glock 31 is another addition to the Glock family line of successful semi-automatic pistols for m... [Read More]
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1998
Glock 32
The Glock 32 (also "G32" or "Model 32") is a further evolution of the Glock semi-automatic pistol li... [Read More]
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2015
Glock 43
New in 2015 to the Glock semi-automatic handgun lineup is the sub-compact Glock 43 for those requiri... [Read More]
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1805
Harpers Ferry Model 1805
The Harpers Ferry Model 1805 was a flintlock pistol produced out of Harpers Ferry Armory in West Vir... [Read More]
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1969
Heckler & Koch HK P9
Heckler & Koch engineers of West Germany began design of a new, all-modern compact semi-automatic pi... [Read More]
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1996
Heckler & Koch Mk 23 Mod 0 (SOCOM Pistol)
The Heckler & Koch Mk 23 Mod 0 was a specially formulated semi-automatic pistol developed for the Un... [Read More]
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1976
Heckler & Koch P11
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1993
Heckler & Koch USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol)
The Heckler & Koch USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol) was an amalgam design by the German concern i... [Read More]
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1813
Henry Model 1813 Navy
Between June of 1813 and August of 1814, Joseph Henry of Philadelphia was contracted to deliver 600 ... [Read More]
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1999
HS Produkt HS2000 (Springfield XD)
The HS Produkt HS2000 was originally developed for Croatian Army and police forces seeking a locally... [Read More]
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1995
HS Produkt HS-95
While there was still a unified Yugoslavia, Zastava Arms delivered the short-lived CZ99 semi-automat... [Read More]
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1973
IMBEL Pistola 9 M973
When the Brazilian Army and government security forces needed a trusty semi-automatic sidearm, it tu... [Read More]
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1980
IMI Mini-UZI
The Israeli Military Industries (IMI) Mini-UZI is a smaller, more compact form of the base UZI subma... [Read More]
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1990
Jericho 941
The Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) Jericho Model 941 is a no-frills, semi-automatic pistol design f... [Read More]
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1836
Johnson Model 1836
The Johnson Model 1836 was a high-quality flintlock pistol produced for the US government in a batch... [Read More]
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2006
Kel-Tec PF-9
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1915
Kongsberg M/1914 (Kongsberg Colt)
One of the most storied firearms in history remains the venerable American Colt M1911 .45 caliber se... [Read More]
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1935
Lahti L-35
Aimo Lahti lent his design talents to a new Finnish semi-automatic pistol which bears his name as th... [Read More]
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1823
Lefaucheux 20-Round
The Lefaucheux 20-Round was one of the notable attempts at designing a revolver that offered the ope... [Read More]
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1861
LeMat (Grape Shot Revolver)
The "LeMat" was an American Civil War (1861-1865) revolver emerging from the resources-strapped Conf... [Read More]
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1869
Liege Model 1869
The pinfire method for firearms was credited to Frenchman Casimir Lefaucheux and patented in 1835. T... [Read More]
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1860
Lindsay Model 1860
The Lindsay Model 1860 two-shot percussion pistol was a workaround against the revolver patents held... [Read More]
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1904
Luger P08 (Pistole Parabellum 1908 / Parabellum-Pistole)
The German P08 pistol (or "Pistole 1928" or "P'08" or "Luger") was one of the more famous German-bas... [Read More]
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1985
Magnum Research / IMI Desert Eagle
The Desert Eagle handgun is a large, powerful, gas-operated, semi-automatic handgun capable of firin... [Read More]
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1951
Makarov PM (Pistol Marakova)
The Makarov PM ("Pistolet Makarova") was designed and developed to replace the Soviet World War 2-er... [Read More]
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1859
Manhattan Navy
Manhattan Firearms Company was established by a committee of businessmen in 1856 in preparation for ... [Read More]
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1900
Mannlicher Model 1900 (Series)
The Mannlicher Model 1900 series was consistent with the high-end craftsmanship coming out of Steyr.... [Read More]
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1873
MAS Modele 1873 / Modele 1874
The pistol as a military sidearm generally existed as an afterthought in the "Gentlemen Wars" of the... [Read More]
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1892
MAS Modele 1892 (Lebel Revolver)
The MAS Modele 1892 revolver was selected by French military authorities to replace the aging MAS Mo... [Read More]
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1896
Mauser C96
One of the most recognizable early-form semi-automatic pistols became the Mauser C96 series. The C96... [Read More]
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1864
Metropolitan Navy Model 1864
In 1864, Colt's East Armory erupted into flames which destroyed all but two of its buildings. The ev... [Read More]
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1895
Nagant Model 1895 (M1895)
The Nagant Model of 1895 was a seven-shot service revolver developed in Belgium and adopted by the I... [Read More]
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1927
Nambu Type 14
Like the standard-issue rifles of the Imperial Japanese Army during the 1920s, the pistols of the IJ... [Read More]
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1998
NORINCO QSZ-92 (Type 92)
The QSZ-92 is a relatively new entry into the world market as sidearms go. The system was originall... [Read More]
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1959
NORINCO Type 59 (Makarov)
China produces a near-exact copy of the Soviet-Russian Makarov semi-automatic sidearm as the Type 59... [Read More]
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1980
NORINCO Type 64 Silenced
For a time, Chinese forces were issued the crude but effective Type 64 silenced pistol. The weapon w... [Read More]
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1882
Ordnance Revolver Model 1882
The Ordnance Revolver Model 1882 was a Swiss attempt at making a lighter revolver for its Army. The ... [Read More]
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1910
Pistola Automatica, Modello 1910 (Glisenti)
The Italian Army took on the Model 1910 Glisenti in an attempt to field a semi-automatic pistol to r... [Read More]
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1938
Pistolet wz.35 Vis (Radom)
The Polish wz.35 pistol was one of the finest semi-automatic handguns of her era, appearing just sho... [Read More]
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1983
PSS (MSS VUL)
The cloak and dagger world that was the Cold War (1947-1991) required specialized weapons for specia... [Read More]
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1861
Remington Model 1858 Army
Remington Arms gained considerable popularity during the American Civil War (1861-1865) with their l... [Read More]
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1862
Remington Model 1861 Navy
Remington produced their similar Model 1861 Navy based on the successful and well-liked Model 1861 A... [Read More]
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1875
Remington Model 1875 New Army
The Remington Model 1875 New Army followed the form and function of the successful Model 1858 which ... [Read More]
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1985
Ruger P (Series)
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2007
Sarsilmaz Kilinc 2000 (ArmaLite AR-24)
Turkish military industry has begun to flourish in recent years and its reach has allowed for more i... [Read More]
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1760
Sharpe Model 1760
A rather unheard of practice today was the practice of officers and soldiers purchasing their own we... [Read More]
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1975
SIG-Sauer P220 (Pistole 75 / Model 75)
The SIG-Sauer P220 was a semi-automatic pistol series of Swiss origin with production also handled o... [Read More]
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1984
SIG-Sauer P226
The SIG-Sauer P226 was developed from the original P220 model specifically to compete in the US Army... [Read More]
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1988
SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
The SIG P228 series is nothing more than a compact version of the well-liked and hugely successful P... [Read More]
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1971
Simonov SPP-1
During the late 1960s Soviet engineers worked on providing a new kind of weapon for specialist troop... [Read More]
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2005
Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police)
The M&P ("Military and Police") is a conventional semi-automatic handgun offered by Smith & Wesson i... [Read More]
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1869
Smith & Wesson Model 3
Smith & Wesson was established in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson to center on the design ... [Read More]
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1993
Smith & Wesson Sigma
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1889
Smith & Wesson SW Model 10 (38 Special)
The famous ".38 Special" revolver was the Smith & Wesson Model 10 which first appeared in 1899 and w... [Read More]
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1955
Smith & Wesson SW Model 29 (.44 Magnum)
The .44 Magnum or, more formally, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 became the stuff of legend in the Dirt... [Read More]
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2003
Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator
The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every bui... [Read More]
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1981
Smith & Wesson SW Model 686
In 1981, the fabled American firearms concern Smith & Wesson brought about their SW Model 868 six- o... [Read More]
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1817
Springfield Model 1817
The Springfield Model 1817 Type 1 was a flintlock pistol produced out of the Springfield Armory in S... [Read More]
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1988
Star Model 30M / 30PK
The Star M series of handguns continued the line of Spanish-made, Browning M1911-based semi-automati... [Read More]
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1858
Starr Model 1858 / Model 1863
Requiring all manner of firearms during the American Civil War (1861-1865), the United States govern... [Read More]
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1974
Steyr GB
The Steyr GB underwent many alterations during its production run, obtaining a history for itself as... [Read More]
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1999
Steyr M (Series)
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1907
Steyr Model 1907 (M1907)
The Roth-Steyr M07 (or "Model 07") holds the distinction of becoming the first self-loading pistol t... [Read More]
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1912
Steyr Model 1912 (M1912) / (Steyr-Hahn)
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1969
Steyr MPi 69
The Steyr MPi 69 was an UZI-influenced submachine gun of Austrian origin intended for military and s... [Read More]
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1993
Steyr TMP
The international security situation of the 1970s and 1980s brought about a market need for more por... [Read More]
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1950
Stocking Model 1950 (Pepperbox)
The "pepperbox" gun was developed as a way to provide a repeat-fire function in a compact form. The ... [Read More]
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2005
Taurus Millennium
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1995
Taurus Model 605
Introduced in 1995 by Brazilian gun-maker Taurus International, the Model 605 was another entry in t... [Read More]
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2003
Taurus Model 856
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1984
Taurus PT92
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1930
Tokarev TT-30
The Tokarev TT-30 was a semi-automatic pistol, essentially a Soviet copy of a Browning-Colt design, ... [Read More]
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1933
Tokarev TT-33
The T-33 was a further development of the TT-30 pistol series which, itself, was based on the design... [Read More]
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1967
Type 51
The Chinese Type 51 was nothing more than a locally-produced Chinese copy of the famed Soviet Tokare... [Read More]
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1992
Vektor SP (Series)
Like other world powers in the 1980s, South Africa adopted the Italian Beretta Model 92 semi-automat... [Read More]
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1989
Vektor Z-88
The Vektor Z-88 was developed to fulfill a requirement by the South African Defense Force for a new ... [Read More]
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2003
Walther P22
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1938
Walther P38 (Pistole 38)
The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol a... [Read More]
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1996
Walther P99
The German concern of Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen developed their Walther P99 semi-automatic pisto... [Read More]
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1929
Walther PP (Polizei Pistole)
Founded in 1886, the Carl Walther GmbH concern designed and manufactured many small arms prior to Wo... [Read More]
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1931
Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminalmodell)
Walther introduced their original PP ("Polizei Pistole") compact semi-automatic pistol in 1929 and i... [Read More]
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Washington Arms Pepperbox
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1836
Waters Model 1836
The Waters Model 1836 flintlock pistol was delivered by Asa Waters & Company out of their Millbury, ... [Read More]
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1872
Webley Bull Dog
The British Webley Bull Dog pocket revolver was a small, powerful firearm that saw considerable comm... [Read More]
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1887
Webley Model 1887
The Webley service revolver first appeared in 1887 and manufactured under the P. Webley & Sons brand... [Read More]
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1939
Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)
The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by th... [Read More]
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1861
Whitney Model 1861 Navy
After Samuel Colt's revolving cylinder firearms patent expired in 1857, a slew of competitors swoope... [Read More]
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1987
Zastava M88
The Zastava M88 owes its legacy to the Tokarev semi-automatic pistol series of Soviet Russia debutin... [Read More]
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