Two obscure South African pistols

    Dmitriy got hold of photos of two relatively unknown South African pistols.

    The ugly looking VARAN pistol was developed in the 1980s. Because South Africa was subject to an arms embargo at the time, its creators falsified documents and unsuccessfully tried to smuggle it into the United States.

    This pistol is made by South African firm Musgrave. It is chambered in 9x19mm.

    It is an interesting design. The barrel moves forward when the bolt moves back (or visa versa).

    Many more photos here.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!