The Mannlicher was one of the early automatic pistol designs, and like most such guns, a small number were made as carbine variants. This particular one is the first prototype 1901 carbine (you can see the number ‘1’ stamped on the bolt). I’m not really sure what the best practical use of this little carbine is (it’s chambered for 9mm Mannlicher, which is roughly equal to the .32ACP in power), but it sure is cute and handy.
Every pile of dusty old books you find at a gun show has a zillion reprints of Cartridges of the World and how-to pamphlets on stock refinishing from 1960. But occasionally you’ll find a real […]
In the 1880s, the Dutch decided that their single-shot Beaumont rifles were obsolete and needed replacement. They started a program to modify them with 4-round magazines, and simultaneously set about finding a more modern rifle […]
We’ve had this particular gun listed as unidentified for quite a long time, and had people suggest pretty much everything you can imagine to explain its origins: Well, thanks to a private collector we visited, […]