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PAGE FROM HISTORY: AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
This Laumann Model 1891 in
8mm is Serial No. 15. Many of
this pistol's features were carried
forward into the Model 1892, now
considered as the "second" semiautomatic pistol, whose patent
was dated Nov. 25, 1891.
In The Beginning:
of the 19th Century
BY LEONARDO M. ANTARIS, M.D.
Before the turn of the 20th century, no one knew what a magazine-fed pistol should look like,
and theories varied greatly. In the early 1890s, Austrian Joseph Laumann re-designed his
Model 1891 8mm repeater pistol (above) to function as a blowback-operated semi-automatic.
he history of the semi-automatic pistol
may appear a bit disjointed, for the
story requires tying together separate
events from around the world as the best
minds in the industry focused on creating
the simplest, most durable and most userfriendly handgun. The potential reward was
enormous, as every military in every country
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was a prospective buyer, not to mention the
legions of civilians. After all, who wouldn't
be interested in a new handgun that offered
advanced firepower? And so some of
the greatest firearm designers in history
embarked on what may have been their
best-supported and most prolific period of
creativity. Read more ...