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These Are The Top 5 Classic Carry Pistols

The first thing you will immediately notice, is that most (if not all) of these pistols was made either at the turn of the last century, or within the first two decades. Just because they’re really old, it doesn’t diminish their functional ability. In the 80’s and 90’s, concealed carry enjoyed a renaissance that produced a slew of excellent and affordable handguns for the common man. However beginning in the early 20th century the carry of small, affordable semi-automatic pistols began to really gather steam. In the list mentioned in the video below, we explore five of the most popular vintage options. Beneath the video I will place each pistol, along with a short description.

FN M1900The FN Browning M1900 is a single action, semi-automatic pistol designed c. 1896 by John Browning for Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN) and produced in Belgium at the turn of the century. It was the first production handgun to use a slide.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket HammerlessThe Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (not to be confused with the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer) is a .32 ACP caliber, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and built by Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless is a variant introduced five years later in .380 ACP caliber. Despite the title ‘Hammerless’, the Model 1903 does have a hammer. It is covered and hidden from view under the rear of the slide. This allowed the pistol to be carried in, and withdrawn from a pocket quickly and smoothly without snagging.

Savage Model 1907The Savage Model 1907 is a semi-automatic pocket pistol produced by the Savage Arms Company of Utica, New York, from 1907 until 1920 in .32 ACP and from 1913 until 1920 in .380 ACP caliber. Although smaller in size, it is derived from the .45 semi-automatic pistol Savage submitted to the 1906-1911 US Army trials to choose a new semi-automatic sidearm. After several years of testing the Savage pistol was one of two finalists but ultimately lost to the Colt entry, which became famous as the Colt Model 1911. 181 of these .45 ACP pistols were returned to Savage after the testing and sold on the civilian market.

Mauser Model 1914 Pocket Pistol The pocket pistol series includes the Model 1910, Model 1914, and Model 1934. They are very similar to each other with differences of caliber and small features such as the shape of the grips. There are also other rare variants such as the Model 1912-14, which were experimental and did not go into production. These pistols are fairly common yet uniquely well made compact pistols.The Model 1914 is a very similar to the Model 1910 but the caliber is 7.65 caliber (.32 ACP). Also, the overall size of the gun is slightly larger than the small .25 cal 1910, mostly to accommodate it’s larger caliber. The grips are not as straight backed as the 1910, they have a slight curvature to them. (not as much curvature as the model 1934). Grips can be black plastic (“Franzite”), hard rubber or checkered wood wrap around grip. It has an 8 round magazine and was made from 1914-1945.

Walther PPThe Walther PP (Polizeipistole, or police pistol) series pistols are blowback-operated semi-automatic pistols, developed by the German arms manufacturer Walther. It features an exposed hammer, a traditional double-action trigger mechanism, a single-column magazine, and a fixed barrel that also acts as the guide rod for the recoil spring. The series includes the Walther PP, PPK, PPK/S, and PPK/E. Since 1971, the Walther TPH pocket pistol is a miniaturised PPK identical in handling and operation.

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