Sunday, July 14, 2019

German Combat Pistols – Did the Guys Who Brought Us the Tiger Tank Really Think This was Enough Gun?

Via Jeffery

The Mauser HSc
The exposed hammer was only barely thus and remained both easily accessed and snag-free. The slide locked to the rear on the last round fired but closed automatically when a fresh magazine was rammed home. Literally, nothing is faster even today. The magazine release was located on the heel after the European fashion, and there was a manual safety on the left rear aspect of the slide that did not drop the hammer.
World War 2 was the world’s bloodiest, most expansive conflict. For the first time in human history, man’s quarrels with his fellow man were settled via warfare around the globe fought on an industrial scale. Never before or since has there been such killing.

Today’s generation seems awash in a lamentable soul-drenching ambiguity. The good guys are never fully good, the bad guys are never fully bad, and classical mores once held sacrosanct are now open for moral dissection. Where previously our enemies were vilified on grounds that were cultural, spiritual, and anthropomorphic, nowadays such stuff smacks of racism and is pitilessly suppressed. The moral challenges for American youth are implicit and insidious. When playing cowboys and Indians, for instance, for whom should one root?

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  1. Those little .32ACPs hide-outs were mainly used by officers who didn't have a hand in combat roles. As far as police work goes, back then drug crazed criminals weren't the norm, so if a perp got shot, they gave up and resigned themselves to getting fixed up.

  2. WII may have been the most expansive but the bloodiest? What of those days in WWI when 20,000 or more were killed? In a single day! Or, I needn't mention the massive bloodletting of the American civil war. Or, for that matter the French revolution.


    1. During the 4+ years of WWI, total deaths, military and civilian, were about 18 million.
      During the 8 years of WWII, total deaths topped 70 million with some putting the number at 80 million, roughly 3% of the world's population.

      Now, the Spanish Flu, at the end of WWI, killed 50-100 million people, 3-5% of the world's population. I had a great uncle die from it in the middle of rural Kentucky.

      The Black Death back in 1347-1351 killed 75 -200 million people. 30-60% of Europe's population. It took the world 200 years to recover the population killed by this disease.

  3. It is a dandy. I have a Browning Model 1922 in .32. I think it was manufactured in 1943. Either way, it was issued to the Luftwaffe as most were. Pilots and crews were issued them due to their size. Their purpose was for "escape and evasion". I talked with a German vet once who was a tank commander. He said his crew usually wore a small holster that contained a .32 (PPK or PP). This allowed them to crawl in and out of the hatches. Lugers, P-
    38 and Hi-Power holsters were cumbersome. When in combat he said he carried a Browning High Power in his waistband. He favored the 13 round magazine. I have also seen P-38 shoulder holsters that were issued to tank crews. The P-38 was an excellent front line battlefield pistol.

    1. Lugers, P-38 and Hi-Power holsters were cumbersome.

      Didn't know that.
      Browning High Power in his waistband. 13 rounder

      Sounds good.