Getting his hands onto a pistol that I am sure our Ian from Forgotten Weapons would enjoy having, Tim from Military Arms Channel has posted up a video of his personal Sites Spectre HC 9mm handgun. The handgun features a novel (at the time) quad stack magazine which fit 30 rounds in a less than a 10″ package. 50 round magazines were also offered, but are extremely rare and expensive today.
No longer made (a victim of the previous US “assualt weapon ban), the Sites Spectre is a design that was well ahead of its time. First, my favorite feature is that the handgun is 100% completely and totally ambidextrous. All functions (except ejection) are mirrored on both sides of the gun.
For design aficionados, Tim takes the time to completely field-strip the Spectre. The action is direct blow-back featuring a separate striker block. It also features a dual recoil spring assembly. The magazine splits the round into two separate stacks.
Interestingly, it also features a striker-fired design that can be “de-cocked” using another lever. While not “second strike” capable (which would been just uber-awesome-sauce-cool), the decocker on makes the pull longer and heavier like a double-action hammer.
Despite the nifty features, the magazine caused some issues during shooting. Still, its a fantastic design that when the magazine works, was likely a formidable weapon. Just think of the gun fun with the 50 round casket mags and a full-auto sear!