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Old July 3rd, 2020, 12:57 AM #1
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WWI Pistols

Sorry if this doesnít belong here. Wasnít really sure where to put it.

I was thinking of starting a collection. I really am fascinated by WWI pistols. The massive leap in technology made is just astonishing. I know this collecting them wonít be cheap, but itís not going to be $1000+ for every pistol... or will it?

I looked on gun broker and itís kinda hit and miss on info
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The European .32 ACPs would be a good start. Usually cheaper and more plentiful.
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I do think it is an under rated area of interest. Part of the challenge would be to tease out which ones were WWI pistols and not also WWII as so many were put to service for WWII even if outdated.

I have a Dreyse .32 that is super neat! Bought it just for that reason. Excellent example if you do opt to start a collection. Please PM me if interested.
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There are plenty of WWI military pistols that can be had reasonably. The cheapest of the bunch will probably be any of the dozens (literally) of makers of the Spanish “Ruby” purchased by the French military. $300 would probably get you a nice one if you do some looking, as they are plentiful. German Imperial marked Dreyse 1907s and Mauser 1914s can be had for under $500 typically. Imperial Sauer 1913s will also be under $1k.
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A good friend has a pristine M1917 in .45acp. It was his grandfather's issued sidearm. A cavalry Lt. The war ended the day after he landed in Europe


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1917_Revolver
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A good friend has a pristine M1917 in .45acp. It was his grandfather's issued sidearm. A cavalry Lt. The war ended the day after he landed in Europe


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Thatís a cool piece.
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Thatís a cool piece.
Funny part is, it has been kept in the original leather holster, wrapped in a plastic bag, for years. Not a speck of rust anywhere.
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OP,
If you are going to do this get a C&R if you don't have one already.
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Sorry if this doesnít belong here. Wasnít really sure where to put it.

I was thinking of starting a collection. I really am fascinated by WWI pistols. The massive leap in technology made is just astonishing. I know this collecting them wonít be cheap, but itís not going to be $1000+ for every pistol... or will it?

I looked on gun broker and itís kinda hit and miss on info
I have a Colt M1911 I might be willing to get rid of......
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