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 types from the 1900s are lined - 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, each one bankruptcy will comprise thorough assurance of a selected version, together with historic importance of the version; technical requisites; timeline of layout adjustments, diversifications, finishes and fabric; info on derivatives and clones; collector values; and dealing with and working features. Full-colour ancient pictures supply readers a nostalgic glimpse into the previous lifetime of well known twentieth century handguns

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During the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the M&P was issued to navy and marine pilots. A considerable number of M&Ps saw service with British and Commonwealth forces during World War II. After the evacuation of its army at Dunkirk, the British were desperately The Military & Police (Model 10) revolver was a solid-frame, swing-out cylinder revolver chambered for the popular 38 S&W cartridge, which was actually made for the M&P when it first appeared in 1905. S. militaries. S. version, the 38 Special cartridge.

This was followed a year later by a stainless version. With this was a return to the original name with the revolver being called the Detective Special II. RELATED SHORT-BARREL REVOLVERS Colt has made a number of other 2inch-barrel revolvers, some of which are derived from the Detective Special and use the same D-frame. The “Banker’s Special” was a 2-inch six-shot revolver chambered for 38 S&W and New Police as well as 22LR cartridges. 39 Chapter6 39 2/20/04, 4:32:36 PM Classic Handguns of the 20th Century The post-war Detective Special underwent another change when the grip frame was shortened to conform to that of the Agent.

CALIBERS, BARREL LENGTHS, GRIPS AND FINISHES When first introduced, the Detective Special was chambered for the 38 Special cartridge. In later years, it was offered in calibers that included 38 New Police, 38 S&W as well as 32 Colt and 32 S&W. By 1973, the Detective Special and all the other models were chambered only for the 38 Special cartridge. As mentioned earlier, 357 Magnum models became available in 1999. The ultimate version of the Detective Special was the 357 Magnum Carry introduced in 1999.

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