Instapundit EVERYBODY NEEDS A .303: Enfield Rifle
. . . er, oldster guns. Like these . . .
I have a Colt 1900 automatic, and a Colt 1902 Military automatic which are both surprisingly accurate and fun to shoot. They are odd long barreled pistols which retained the long barrel feel of military revolvers of the day.
Here are is a video showing both pistols, discussing the differences. My 1900 was originally a sight safety gun, but the sight safety was removed and blocked.
These guns were both designed by John Browning, the foremost modern gun designer. Compare these with John Brownings first automatic pistol utilizing a slide, the FN 1899/1900. I have 5 or 6 of these in various shape with one manufacture during the third month of production. It seems likely this was a bring back from WWI, but I have never been able to track down the WWI lineage of the handgun.
All of these handguns are impressive, and have irritating flaws. The FN 1899 was the first slide action auto loading pistol, all modern auto loading pistols follow this design.
Some day I will provide a basic thumbnail history of John Browing's inventions, but that will have to wait.