Special Presentation: Semiauto Pistols of the 1800s

Today’s Special Presentation is an overview of all the semiautomatic pistols that were actually put into serial production before the year 1900. We have looked at these individually before, but I think it is worthwhile to examine them together in context, to gain a better understanding of what the automatic pistol scene was really like in the last years of the 19th century.

Want to learn more about any of these? Here are some videos on individual guns:

Volcanic: https://youtu.be/RZBHTOYHY6Y
Luger: https://youtu.be/rIX1EL1hTmE
Schwarzlose 1898: https://youtu.be/rYl0dQAJMh4
Mannlicher 1894: https://youtu.be/lBBCZ_5SveE
Mannlicher 1896: https://youtu.be/vtInWFneOtA
Bergmann No1: https://youtu.be/SGNPqqau-E0
Bergmann No2: https://youtu.be/yiT_LzDJqTM
Bergmann No3 & 4: https://youtu.be/gNERn3UXZXg
Bergmann No5: https://youtu.be/HnKKmeTOU-s
Salvatore-Dormus: https://youtu.be/QGzb-0PJadI
Schonberger-Laumann: https://youtu.be/AFhU3Dixvnk