Small Arms Anatomy: Eight WWII Pistols

Alright, we’ve covered some rifles before.  We’ve been pushing further at C&Rsenal and now have cleared enough pieces to release the corresponding eight pistols!  A second line of rifles and pistols has begun, along with SMGs and even a few LMGs, so wish us luck finding more examples.

Also, we’ve started a Crowd Funded campaign to produce this series as a poster!


Othais is practically useless with modern firearms. That’s OK though, because he specializes in Curio and Relic military pieces and has agreed to decorate The Firearm Blog with a little history. He maintains his own site, C&Rsenal, with the help of his friends and the collector community.


  • Menger40

    I think it’s interesting that the 1911 and the TT-33 each have 5 springs. The Beretta has 6. Then there’s the P38, which has 13! Walther’s engineers weren’t really going for simplicity with that one, were they?

    • JSmath

      I think it’s worth counting the magazine spring (which I’m guessing you skipped on purpose), as it is a key variable in the early argument for the difference in reliability between autoloaders and revolvers; that would bring each of those spring counts up by 1. But the Webley technically still ends up having 7 springs, doesn’t it? So much for simpler is better there.

      Even despite the extra springs involved, the Walther P38 was (and is) certainly known for being reliable. One more reason why I hate overgeneralized rules/rule of thumbs being thrown around in serious debate/discussion over technical aspects.

  • Hudson

    Where is my Radom? 😉

    • Othais

      There are some lovely pistols from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, and more but sadly we had to limit our scope in hopes of ever completing a themed book. But, in the end there will be 2 rifles, 2 pistols, 1 SMG, 1 LMG, and a few extras for each of the big eight.

  • gunslinger


  • dp

    Little error on part of C&R – Beretta 34 was not in 9mm luger but in 9mm Browning (.38 ACP). It was recoil operated, light ‘pocket’ pistol.

    • Othais

      It weirds me out that it takes days for someone observant to notice these things. Makes me itchy.

  • Guns & Ammo Superstore

    Would be really cool as a poster.