Drulov DU-10 “Condor” (c. 1995 – c. 2010) by Lověna-Družstvo

This Czech Drulov DU-10 “Condor” target pistol was a recent birthday present from Jimmie Dee Snr, thanks Dad! Continue reading “Drulov DU-10 “Condor” (c. 1995 – c. 2010) by Lověna-Družstvo”

An Eisenwerke Gaggenau MF, or is it?

In this article I will try to unravel the identity of a mysterious new pistol recently acquired for Jimmie Dee’s collection. At first appearance, one could be mistakenly drawn to the conclusion that it is a Daredevil Dinkum, a later copy of Michael Flürscheim’s MF air pistol. However, as we shall discover together, a close detailed inspection throws much doubt about its identity…. Continue reading “An Eisenwerke Gaggenau MF, or is it?”

The Eisenwerke Gaggenau “MF” (1878 to 1900) by Michael Flürscheim

In this article I discuss what is possibly Germany’s oldest production air pistol and its inventor. We will discover how he built a significant business which is still in operation today, his social ideologies and his demise. We also discover that some of Germany’s most influential firearms designers and weapons of the 20th century owe their roots to this man. Get yourself a nice drink and get comfy as this is going to be a long read…

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Benjamin Haviland, George P. Gunn and the “Morse” Air Pistol (1872 to c. 1881)

In this article we will follow the life and career of one of the late 19th century American airgun pioneers as well as that of his business partner. We will discover how his ingenious and unwaning passion helped to pioneer the way ahead for our airgun heritage with his earliest designs still commonly in use today. We may also discover why George Gunn’s repeating “Gem” style air rifle was, perhaps, never realised. It could be said that Haviland and Gunn’s, or perhaps just Gunn’s influence on spring airgun development could be considered so significant that they could be called the fathers of the modern spring airgun. After all, their designs are the basis of all break-barrel airguns and can still be seen in airguns that are made today. How’s that for a legacy? Continue reading “Benjamin Haviland, George P. Gunn and the “Morse” Air Pistol (1872 to c. 1881)”

Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)

This article takes us on a journey through history as we follow the lives of two inspiring Norwegian entrepreneurs from the late 19th century. It’s full of new beginnings, adventure, war, the construction of an empire and its downfall, successes and failures, loss and sadness and an assassination or two…. it’s a real rollercoaster! Take your time though, it’s another epically long one…. Continue reading “Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)”

The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker

In this article, I will attempt to tell the story of another facet of the late 19th century American air gun industry. We shall learn about the relationship between three important pioneers of early American air guns whilst investigating Bedford and Walker’s Eureka air pistol. We will also discover the first bolt-action breech seal that is still used in today’s modern airguns. Continue reading “The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker”

Albert Augustus Pope and The Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol (1874-1878)

In March 2016, I was asked by Danny Garvin of the Vintage Airgun Gallery, if I would write an article for Issue 3 of the Airgun Collector, an online magazine full of wonderful vintage airguns and superbly written articles. I was honoured to be included amongst such highly acclaimed authors and collectors. Danny’s introduction for the article seems a good place to start this article… Continue reading “Albert Augustus Pope and The Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol (1874-1878)”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)

In a previous article, I wrote about the Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman “pneumatic” air pistol. That article described how the pneumatic Plainsman was effectively a further development of the Apache air pistol. Both pistols were designed by Albert Dale Fogel who was a financial partner and Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart and Challenger Arms Corporations. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)

The Challenger Arms Corporation was a subsidiary company of the National Cart Corporation.  If you have been following our articles it will come as no surprise to you that the National Cart Corporation also produced the Apache range of air pistols and air rifles. After designing the Apache air pistol Daniel Fogel, the Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart Corporation, developed a .28 calibre air shotgun sometime mid-1948. But rather than add it to the Apache line Charles Burhans, the president of the National Cart Corporation, decided to market it via a separate company called the Challenger Arms Corporation. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)”

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