Forgotten Weapons has done an overview of some of the guns offered at the Rock Island Auction this season. There is a wide variety of guns featured in their videos, so no matter what you’re interested in there is something there for you.
First, the Starr revolver, and it’s interesting double-action mechanism:
Next a Khyber Pass Martini pistol, a sort of Pashtun frontier-kitsch obrez:
The Roper Repeating Shotgun, a very early rotary-magazine fed repeater:
Standard Arms Model G, one of the early American selfloaders, tested by the military. It was convertible from semiautomatic to pump action, akin to the much later SPAS-12:
The Ladies Home Companion, which is sort of like a Taurus Judge, if the Taurus Judge weighed as much as a fully loaded M4 and was much, much harder to load:
The Fiala Model 20 Combination Gun, a manually operated pistol with attachable shoulder stock:
The Shansei .45 ACP Broomhandle, combining the Chinese love affairs with both the Mauser pistol and the .45 ACP cartridge:
Winchester 1893 and 1897, the second Browning repeating shotgun design, and the first highly successful one by any designer:
And finally Moore’s Patent revolver, the first swing-out cylinder revolver:
Each of these videos is well-worth watching. I highly recommend our readers take time to watch at least one or two of them.