The Savage 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Savage 1907 handguns sold well, shot great, and look interesting. In their day they were quite popular and offered shooters the ability to quickly shoot off 10 rounds before having to reload, which was quite impressive for a pocket pistol. In this installment of TFBTV, we do some shooting with the little Savage.

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(gunshots) (clicking) – The Savage 1907 pistols are interesting to say the least.

The vast majority of early, small caliber self-loaders were straight blowback but this gun employs a sort of delayed blowback, rotating barrel system, which is quite interesting.

However, what sold these guns was capacity.

In an era where single stack pistols were standard, this gun employed a staggered, double-column/single-feed magazine, that offered 10 rounds of.32 on tap or nine rounds of.380, which was very impressive.

Also impressively, the guns featured no screws at all and even the grips snapped firmly into place.

The bluing, even after a hundred years, looks fantastic on this example and I must say, that I think these guns look terrific.

They also sold quite well, with over 200,000 made in just 12 years.

But let’s take a closer look at some of this gun’s features.

First you’ll notice that these striations on the rear of the slide, to charge the pistol, are quite big and pronounced.

It makes racking the slide very easy and it also makes clearing malfunctions, equally easy.

Now it does have a magazine toe release which I really don’t like, maybe it’s that I’m used to either a traditional magazine release or a heel magazine release, but I suppose they’re thinking was since you had ten rounds, it didn’t matter much.

You can also see here, how the barrel rotates and delays the opening of the action just a little bit.

Not a lot, but I suppose it was better than nothing.

The gun also does have the appearance of a hammer on the back, but that’s actually just a mechanism to cock the gun.

The safety is also easy to deactivate and you can do it with your right thumb.

It can also be used to retain the slide to the rear if you want to lock it open for cleaning or some other purpose.

As mentioned the magazines are staggered, double-column/single-feed, but they’re not staggered as much as a Browning Hi Power or something like that.

So, people generally don’t say this is an early double-column/single-feed magazine for whatever reason, I’m not sure why.

Loading it is just like a Browning Hi Power or similar double-column/single-feed magazine.

And being as how this is a.380 model, it does hold nine rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

So you still did have a total capacity of 10 rounds and their advertising slogan of, “10 Shots Quick!” Was very suiting and sold a whole lot of guns, making the Savage Corporation a lot of money.

As an interesting aside, they also made a couple of these in.45 ACP to compete it against the 1911 in that pistol trial.

So let’s shoot it a little bit more.

(gunshots) (clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) The trigger on this gun is not too bad and the recoil is not snappy either, or at least not as snappy as other.380s that I’ve messed with, that are comparably sized.

However, I did have a malfunction here.

I’ve shot this gun more than a lot of other guns in the collection of the same vintage and it’s very rare that this gun doesn’t work as expected.

Perhaps it was this type of ammunition that it didn’t like, but I cleared it, and then it got back ticking and worked just fine.

Really it’s an accurate gun, as well.

I have no picks with this gun and while it’s heavier and larger than other.380s on the market today and probably wouldn’t be a viable competitor, you certainly wouldn’t be that outclassed if you had to use this in some sort of altercation today.

(clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) Proxibid has a lot of upcoming firearm auctions this weekend and if you’d like to own a Savage 1907, that might be a great place to look as well.

Also a special thank you to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the ammunition in our videos.

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So thank you very much for watching and we hope to see you next time.

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Andrew Miller

    Road to Perdition.
    Love that little pistol.
    Almost bought one, but didn’t have the funds.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    The gun was truly ahead of it’s time. Neat piece of history. I need to shot watching your and Ian’s videos or you’ll get me into turn of the century handguns!

  • BearSlayer338

    I still kick myself for selling mine, I had a .32 acp version that was made in 1913 it still had 95% of the original finish but it did have a small crack in the plastic grips.
    I’m going to have to buy another one and get it coated with NP3.

    Extra points for this one Alex,now I know you have good taste in handguns that are pre-1950.

  • gunsandrockets

    Very nice condition. I would like a 1907 in .32 ACP someday, hopefully as nice looking.

    The Savage pistol was certainly advanced for its time, stylish and well made. Surprisingly small and light for an all steel firearm.

    • BearSlayer338

      Don’t forget reliable.

  • gunsandrockets

    Was the Savage the first pistol to use its barrel as a guide rod for the operating spring?

  • John

    Huh. I wonder why this gun wasn’t copied and sold all over Europe. Seems like this would have been preferred by a bunch of police departments.

    • demophilus

      IIRC, the Savage was slightly more expensive to make than a pistol like the FN 1910. More machining operations, I think. So other companies — Ortgies, MAB — copied or reengineered the 1910, the same way the Ruby reworked the FN 1903.

      IIRC, the Walther engineers looked at the Savage when they designed the PP. Apart from working around the Savage (and Browning) patents, they wanted something simpler to make, and concluded the rotating barrel wasn’t worth the extra machining — a slightly heavier slide will delay a .32 or .380 breech from opening just fine.

      Funny to think of a Walther PP/PPK as a collection of engineering shortcuts, but there it is — and the Makarov and FEG pistols supposedly took it further.

  • Al

    They are neat looking – but the design is overly complex and depends on precisely fitted parts. To obtain the low barrel profile Savage put in a delicate trigger to sear linkage that doesn’t allow for any wear. Wear to the sear or striker (it looks like a hammer, but it’s pinned to a striker) results in full auto from this pistol. And due to the unusual striker assembly, there’s no safe way to carry with a loaded chamber.

  • Fred Bilitnikoff

    Would love for Savage to start making handguns again . . .

  • Cymond

    I’ve wanted one for a few years, but can’t justify the cost for a gun that’s purely a novelty for me.

    Side note: I was up late one night watching Cops, and of course, they pulled a pistol off a young fellow. I was shocked to see it was a Savage 1907. It looked like finish was mostly gone, but would probably still work just fine.