Classic Handguns of the 20th Century: A Shooter's and by David W. Arnold

By David W. Arnold

This excessive quality reference bargains readers a dynamic vibrant depiction of handguns major to days passed by. greater than 20 versions from the 1900s are coated - the Colt SAA, Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum, Walther P-38, Beretta ninety two - akin to the times of gunfighters and cowboy motion heroes. according to the sequence of featured twentieth century handguns from Handguns journal, every one bankruptcy will contain thorough insurance of a selected version, together with ancient value of the version; technical requirements; timeline of layout adjustments, diversifications, finishes and fabric; info on derivatives and clones; collector values; and dealing with and working features. Full-colour old pictures provide readers a nostalgic glimpse into the previous lifetime of renowned twentieth century handguns

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S. Gun Control Act of 1968, Walther developed the PPK/S that used the frame of the Model PP and the shortened slide of the PPK. Photo courtesy of Garry James. 45 Chapter7 45 2/20/04, 4:35:09 PM Classic Handguns of the 20th Century service pistol. Smith & Wesson also agreed to market Walther products (except for the company’s target pistols) in the United States. S. distributor had been Interarms of Virginia, which had also been responsible for the manufacture of the PPK/S. S. distributor, but also as the new manufacturer of the PPK/S.

30 Chapter4 30 2/20/04, 4:22:51 PM THE SMITH & WESSON MILITAR Y & POLICE MODEL 10 REVOLVER Mainstay of America’s Police Force for Almost 100 Years Smith & Wesson’s Military and Police (M&P) revolver, or Model 10, is one of that company’s most successful designs. In addition to its long service life, it has also been the platform from which many of the company’s other popular revolvers have been developed. Much of this revolver’s success and that of the other models that have been developed from it can be attributed to its size, especially its grip.

The fact that it continues to be used after 100 years is evidence of the soundness of the original design. 43 Chapter6 43 2/20/04, 4:33:38 PM Classic Handguns of the 20th Century THE WALTHER PP, PPK AND PPK/S DOUBLE-ACTION AUTO POCKET PISTOLS The First Commercially Successful Double–Action Self–Loading Pistols When the words “double-action (DA) auto pistol” are mentioned, the name Walther immediately comes to mind, even though the company cannot really lay claim to the invention of a trigger-cocking semi-automatic pistol.

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