The French Union Pistol With Forgotten Weapons

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Ian of Forgotten Weapons has certainly come up with some unique firearms, but this is the first time I’ve seen a magazine I simply could not pass by. In this review he goes over a French-made Union pistol, which was apparently a full-auto gun – with a horseshoe-shaped magazine. Yes, really.

There’s not much to say by way of introduction other than that this is both fascinating and seriously cool. Unfortunately these are quite rare and hard to come by – I took a wild shot at locating one, found one on Arms List, and was saddened to discover it had already sold. Can you imagine the looks on people’s faces if you sauntered onto the range with this bad, horseshoe-shaped boy? Priceless.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Mags look expensive. Pass.

    • SP mclaughlin

      But they make for great tailgate recreation!

    • Some Guy

      Looks like a couple of stamped and welded pieces to me.
      I doubt it’d be more expensive to produce than any other mag.

      Luger snail mags on the other hand… Germans do some wacky stuff.

  • aka_mythos

    Do they do Glock mags? :p

  • Edeco

    OK, I need that in 7.65×22 Lounge-Pistol with double-stack mag and a longer pipe.

  • Don Ward

    “Close only counts in French-made Union pistols and hand grenades”

  • Ned Weatherby

    I’d like to try it anyways…

  • Select fire .32acp, horseshoe magazine doubles as vertical fore grip. Glorious little blaster.

  • Tassiebush

    A magazine which brings you luck is always going to be cool

  • Kovacs Jeno

    Isn’t it a front grip on a pistol per BATFE? Then it is an AOW…

    • Edeco

      Hmmm, maybe an Eric Clapton situation. That is wherein it’s in the way that you use it…

    • sgt fish

      no. its full auto, so it dont matta!
      but a bipod on a pistol is legal, so i dont see why this wouldnt be

  • Pete Sheppard

    My first thought was a handy foregrip on full-auto. If so, the extended barrel makes sense to protect the supporting hand from muzzle blast.

  • J-

    Cuz a big U-shaped mag with cutouts in it worked so well on the Chauchat the French needed to put it into a pistol?

    • Phil Hsueh

      The openings in the mag aren’t nearly as large as those on the Chauchat and the rounds don’t run the entire length of the mag. Despite what it seems, it’s only something like a 32 round mag and the rounds stop a little past the halfway point with the rest of the mag being spring.

  • StarTripper

    Wonder if Galco makes a shoulder rig for that?