Pistols and Handguns
As technology allowed for more compact, mechanically-actuated forms, the pistol replaced the sabre as the standard sidearm in battle.
The handgun has its origins in 14th Century China where they began life as crude, muzzle-loaded instruments and known literally as "hand cannons". Their evolution continued into the following centuries where they remained muzzle-loading but became more streamlined, portable instruments of war. The "pistol" came about in 16th Century Europe and lay the foundation of the modern handgun. Gunsmiths persevered to find solutions for firing actions and support for multiple shots leading to the development of the revolver. Semi-automatic designs gained considerable popularity during the early part of the 20th Century and eventually replaced revolvers as the main sidearm of military forces.
There are a total of (151) Pistols and Handguns in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by alphanumeric order descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.
This Allen & Thurber design was a peculiar-looking single-shot pistol intended for competition.
The AMT Hardballer line of semi-automatic pistols are copies of the famous Colt M1911 sidearm.
The Italian-Russian Arsenal Firearms AF-1 may become the next standard-issue sidearm for Russian military forces moving forward.
The Ballester-Molina represented a localized Argentine attempt to produce an effective .45-caliber manstopper with reduced costs.
The Beretta M9, based largely on the Italian Beretta M92F model, has been the primary sidearm of the United States Army since adoption in 1990.
The Beretta Model 1915 began the illustrious line of Beretta semi-automatic pistols that continues today.
The Beretta Model 1934 was the classic Italian Army service pistol of World War 2, over 1 million units being made.
The Beretta Model 1935 was a lighter-slide version of the preceding Model 1934 semi-automatic pistol design.
The Italian Beretta Model 92 has seen its fair share of international success since its inception in 1975.
The Beretta Model 93R was categorized as a machine pistol and was based on the successful Beretta Model 92 semi-automatic handgun.
The storied Italian concern of Beretta is still releasing capable semi-automatic handguns as is the case with the Px4 Storm series.
The British Sea Service Pistol managed a healthy service life covering decades and several major conflicts of the period.
The Browning BDA semi-automatic pistol is based on the proven Browning High-Power of the 1930s.
The Browning High-Power was the last design of famous American gunsmith John Browning - he died before the pistol went to production.
John Brownings first success in the pistol market came in the form of the M1900.
The FN Model 1903 was designed by American John Browning and sold to the world market through the Belgium firm of Fabrique Nationale.
The FN Model 1910 was the handgun used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914.
The Browning Model 1922 design was born of a specific Yugoslavian semi-automatic pistol requirement and based on the existing Model 1910.
The Swiss Brugger & Thomet MP9 machine pistol is a further development of the Austrian-originated Steyr TMP series.
The Caracal CP series of semi-automatic pistol marks the first such weapon to emerge from the United Arab Emirates.
The Czech CZ 75 semi-automatic pistol proved a success, seeing over 1 million of its type produced since 1976.
Even the invading Germans of World War 2 though enough of the Czech CZ vz. 27 pistol to incorporate it into their ranks.
At its core, the Skorpion is a cross between a pistol and a submachine gun.
The Colt Anaconda followed the famous Colt Python into existence, going with a larger cartridge and ending up as one of the most accurate of revolvers ever made.
The Colt M1911A1 is regarded by many as the most successful semi-automatic pistol design of her time - seeing consistent action in a plethora of conflicts during the 1900s.
The MEU SOC is an improved M1911 series .45 caliber pistol in service with the US Marine Corps.
The Model 1848 Baby Dragoon was intended for the civilian market as a lighter-weight, more compact form of the full-sized military-minded Dragoon model of 1948.
The Colt 1851 Navy revolver became one of the most popular handguns ever produced, seeing totals reach some 250,000 examples by 1873.
The Colt Model 1855 - otherwise known as the Root Revolver - was the first Colt revolver to feature a solid frame design.
The Colt New Army Model 1860 revolver was produced in the hundreds of thousands during the American Civil War.
Some 39,000 examples of the Colt 1861 Navy revolver were produced.
The Colt Model 1861 Pocket Navy was more or less a smaller version of the successful Model 1851 Navy sold a decade prior.
The Colt New Service existed under several notable guises and was produced to the tune of some 356,000 examples.
The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless was yet another firearm design by famed American gunsmith John Browning
Some 150,000 Colt Model 1917 revolvers were produced from 1917 to 1920 to fill the American World War 1 need for arms.
The Colt Python is considered by many to be the best production revolver ever made.
Concerning the American Wild West, the Colt Single Action Army revolver became the stuff of legend.
The Cooper Pocket percussion revolver utilized a double-action method, unlike other single-action guns of the day
Derringer - note double R - became the generic name for a class of concealable small pistols following the original Deringer-family designs.
The Deringer Model 1842 Navy percussion pistol became the first US government-purchased pistol to feature a percussion cap action and rifled barrel design.
The Devisme percussion revolver was produced and decorated to the highest of standards.
The Duval a Nantes flintlock pistol emerged between 1760 and 1770 and was conventional in every way.
The Enfield Mk series service revolvers saw short-lived use with British Army and Canadian North-West Mounted Police.
The Enfield No.2 was the most widely used service revolver among Britain and her Commonwealth nations during World War 2.
The Fabrique Nationale FN Five-SeveN receives its rather unique name from the caliber of its ammunition - 5.7x28mm.
The FN Barracuda revolver appeared in limited quantities with some security forces around the world.
The Hungarian Model 37M semi-automatic pistol served Hungarian units as well as German foes in World War 2.
As its name suggests, the FP-45 Liberator was meant for use by resistance forces tied to the Allied cause in World War 2.
The well-made Francotte Pinfire revolver was designed by August Francotte out of Liege, Belgium.
The Gasser & Rast Model 1898 revolver was accepted into service with the Austro-Hungarian Army.
The Model 1870 was the standard sidearm of Austro-Hungarian cavalry units.
The Glock 17 has been adopted for military, police and security service the world over.
The Glock 18 allowed the ability to fire in both semi- and full-automatic modes from a 33-round high capacity magazine.
The Glock 19 was the compact version of the Glock 17 model series of Austria.
The Glock 20 was larger and heavier than the Glock 17, firing the equally-larger 10mm Auto cartridge.
The Glock 21 was based on the Glock 20 but firing the large American .45 ACP cartridge.
The Glock 22 was chambered to fire the .40 S&W cartridge but was otherwise the same form and function as the Glock 17.
The Glock 23 was similar to the Glock 19 but chambered to fire the .40 S&W cartridge.
The Glock 24 was a spin-off of the Glock 17, though chambered to fire the .40 S&W cartridge.
The Glock 25 sported the same dimensions as the Glock 19 and chambered the .380 ACP cartridge.
The Glock 26 was designed as a small pistol that still carried the capabilities of its larger brethren.
The Glock 27 shared similarities to the Glock 26, both being smaller alternatives to the larger Glocks yet still retaining all capabilities.
The Glock 28 produced along the same lines as the small Glock 26 and Glock 27 pistols.
The Glock 29 made use of the 10mm cartridge, a powerful round as subcompact pistols go.
The Glock 30 gained popularity in the United States thanks to the use of the .45 ACP round.
The Glock 31 was developed specifically to use the popular .357 SIG cartridge and based on the Glock 22 model.
The Glock 32 was designed for use with law enforcement in mind, firing the powerful .357 SIG cartridge.
The Model 1805 became the first American pistol to be manufactured by a US military arsenal.
The Heckler and Koch P9 series of semi-automatic handguns emerged from West Germany in 1969.
The SOCOM pistol was based on a modified form of the HK USP.
The HK USP semi-automatic pistol entered production in 1993 and still sees service today.
The Henry Model 1813 Navy pistol was known to be carried into battle by US Navy hero Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812.
The HS2000 / Springfield XD has proven a popular sidearm in military, police and civilian circles the world over.
Civil war across Yugoslavia forced the Zastava CZ99 to become the Croatian HS-95.
The IMBEL Pistola 9 M973 was nothing more than a license copy of the American M1911A1 .45 ACP pistol chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge.
The Mini-UZI appeared after the base UZI and proved a more compact form of the original.
The Jericho series of handguns has seen production since 1990.
The Johnson Model 1836 was sold to the US government by way of contract for nine dollars a pistol.
Intended for quick reaction and concealment in the security role, the Kel-Tec 9mm does not fail in those qualities.
A Colt M1911 by any other name - the licensed-produced Norwegian Kongsberg Colt semi-automatic pistol.
The Lahti L-35 became a fine semi-automatic pistol example and saw considerable service during World War 2.
This Lefaucheux revolver tried to make use of twenty 7.65mm cartridges firing from a double-barrel arrangement.
The twin-barrel, nine-shot LeMat service revolver achieved fame during the American Civil War - sporting a second barrel firing 16-gauge buckshot.
The Liege Model 1869 pinfire revolver could accept an ungainly bayonet configuration slung underneath the barrel by way of a mounting lug.
New York inventor John P. Lindsay developed his 1860 Twin-Shot pistol to provide for a psuedo-repeating firing action as a workaround for Colt revolver patents.
The immensely popular Pistole Parabellum Model 1908 semi-automatic pistol - sometimes referred to simply as the Luger - became a German World War 2 stalwart.
The impressive-looking Desert Eagle handgun is capable of firing the .50 Action Express round.
The Makarov PM served as the standard Soviet Army pistol for forty years, ending its reign in 1991.
After Colt patents had expired, firms like the Manhattan Firearms Company copied successful Colt revolver designs such as the Navy.
The excellent Mannlicher Model 1900 series suffered from a glut of security small arms flooding the market prior to World War 1.
The Model 1903 was evaluated by a variety of armies but none selected it as their standard pistol.
The Modele 1873 became the first centerfire and Double-Action revolver to reach service with the French Army.
The Modele 1892 was designed as an all-new replacement for the Model 1873 and Model 1874 revolvers and fired a new smokeless cartridge.
The Mauser C96 saw combat service through World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War among other conflicts.
When the Colt East Armory was lost to fire during the American Civil War, Metropolitan Arms took to producing copies of the Colt Navy revolver.
Over 2 million copies of the famous Russian/Soviet Nagant Model of 1895 service revolver were eventually produced into 1945.
The Type 14 Nambu pistol was in widespread use with the Japanese Army during World War 2.
The QSZ-92 semi-automatic pistol is currently in service with the Chinese Army.
The Type 59 pistol is a Chinese copy of the Soviet Makarov semi-automatic pistol design with slight variations.
The Chinese Type 64 Silenced Pistol utilized a large and crude-looking silencer assembly to allow for clandestine work.
The Model 1882 was designed around an all-new 7.5x23R cartridge, both developed by Lieutenant-Colonel Rudolf Schmidt.
The Glisenti Model 1910 semi-automatic pistol failed the Italian Army on many design fronts, eventually superseded by a Beretta design.
The Polish Pistolet wz.35 Vis semi-automatic handgun proved one of the best of her kind though the Soviet influence over Poland in the post-WW2 world signified her end.
The Model 1879 Reichsrevolver was born out of a German military modernization program.
The Model 1883 Reichsrevolver was essentially the Model 1879 produced to a higher officer standard.
The Remington Model 1858 proved hugely popular during the American Civil War for its inherent structural strength, firepower and reliability.
Roughly 7,000 of the Remington Model 1861 Navy revolver were produced, many seeing heavy action in the American Civil War.
Despite the strong Remington revolver pedigree, the Model 1875 New Army could not compete with the popular Colt Peacemaker line.
The Roth-Steyr M07 is credited as being the first self-loading pistol to be accepted by a major army anywhere in the world.
The Ruger P name designates a line of modern, semi-automatic pistols available in various chamberings.
Introduced in 2007, the Sarsilmaz Kilinc 2000 series pistol serves both the Turkish Army and select Turkish police forces.
The Sharpe flintlock pistol was typically taken on through private purchase by Royal Navy officers.
The SIG-Sauer P220 opened up the successful family of semi-automatic pistols.
The SIG-Sauer P226 failed to net the lucrative US Army pistol contract but nevertheless made for itself a global presence elsewhere.
The SIG-Sauer P228 resides in the inventories of many armies and is known in the US inventory as the M11.
The Simonov SPP-1 was developed for specialist forces as an underwater-firing pistol.
The Smith and Wesson M and P model is a dual-service product for use by military and police units.
The Smith & Wesson Model 3 was given several useful qualities in its design including an ejector system which cleared all six chambers at once.
The Smith and Wesson Sigma is available in several caliber types and features synthetic construction throughout.
The .38 Special was - and continues to be - a no-frills and popular revolver entry despite its 1899 origins.
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 became famous thanks to Clint Eastwood and his Dirty Harry character.
Smith & Wesson devised the Model 686 with the specialist user in mind
The Model 1817 emerged from the burgeoning Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Spanish Star 30 series utilized an internally running slide and appeared in the 30M and 30PK forms.
The Starr Revolver saw limited service during the American Civil War in both Single- and Double-Action forms.
The Steyr GB system had to meet and overcome many obstacles in its design evolution.
Steyr M designates a line of serviceable semi-automatic pistols emerging from Austrian gunmaker Steyr-Mannlicher.
The outward design of the Steyr MPi 69 is not unlike the Israeli UZI or American MAC 10 series of submachine guns.
The Steyr TMP is a machine pistol capable of firing up to 900 rounds per minute from a 15- or 30-round box magazine.
The Stocking Pepperbox was interesting in that it employed six rotating barrels as opposed to a single barrel with a six-round rotating cylinder.
Introduced in 2005, the Brazilian-originated Taurus Millennium series has seen various models emerge.
Simplicity and ruggedness are qualities marketed with the Brazilian Taurus Model 605 five-round revolver.
Geared for use in the self-defense role, the Taurus Model 856 features a very short barrel for compactness and a useful five-round capacity.
Expiring patents on the Beretta 92 allowed Brazilian gunmaker Taurus to reproduce the line as its PT92 series.
The Tokarev TT-30 sought to replace the old Nagant M1895 revolvers but was itself replaced by the improved TT-33 series by the end of World War 2.
The Tokarev TT-33 pistol served from 1930 to 1965 with over 1,700,000 produced.
The Type 51 pistol is nothing more than a direct copy of the Soviet made TT-33 handgun, with some external differences in design.
The Vektor SP series of pistols was first introduced during 1992 and has been adopted by the forces of South Africa, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The Vektor Z-88 is nothing more than a direct license-built copy of the Italian Beretta Model 92 pistol.
In production since 2003, the Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol is another viable .22 LR chambered handgun available to discerning shooters.
Developed to replace the famous Luger 08 pistol, the Walther P38 went on to make its own well-recognized history during and after World War 2.
The Walther P99 is available in three distinct trigger variants and two different frame forms.
The Walther PP semi-automatic pistol was a hugely popular sidearm after its introduction in 1929, spawning the more-compact PPK line some time later.
The success of the earlier Walther PP line prompted the new, more compact Walther PPK to be introduced soon after.
The Washington Arms Pepperbox made use of six rotating barrels, each containing their own .31 cartridge.
The Model 1836 arrived at the tail-end of the flintlock-era, soon to be replaced in history by the percussion cap.
The Webley Bull Dog Pocket Revolver proved popular with civilians living out on the wild frontiers of the late 1800s.
The long-running Webley Service Revolver series began in 1887 and saw consistent service into the Cold War years.
The Welrod appeared in World War 2 for use by special forces and resistance elements.
One of the first efficient solid-framed revolvers of the period was the Whitney Navy percussion revolver.
Like other Zastava Arms products, the M88 is a locally-produced copy of a Soviet-era product.
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