Classic Handguns of the 20th Century

Classic Handguns of the 20th Century

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This high caliber reference offers readers a dynamic colorful depiction of handguns significant to days gone by. More than 20 models from the 1900s are covered - the Colt SAA, Smith a Wesson .357 Magnum, Walther P-38, Beretta 92 - reminiscent of the days of gunfighters and cowboy action heroes. Based on the series of featured 20th century handguns from Handguns magazine, each chapter will include thorough coverage of a specific model, including historical significance of the model; technical specifications; timeline of design changes, variations, finishes and material; information on derivatives and clones; collector values; and handling and operating characteristics. Full-color historical photographs offer readers a nostalgic glimpse into the past life of popular 20th century handguns.When the words a€œdouble-action (DA) auto pistola€ are mentioned, the name Walther immediately comes to mind, even though the company cannot ... The PPK, a small blowback-operated vest-pocket-size 6.35mm, was introduced in 1929 and was the first commercially successful double-action pistol. ... The exposed hammer has a round, serrated spur that permits manual cocking for singleaction firing.

Title:Classic Handguns of the 20th Century
Author:David Arnold
Publisher:Gun Digest Books - 2011-02-28


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