Browning Patent 1906

1. Receiver

2. Slide

3. Front sight

4. Rear sight

5. Extractor

6. Extractor spring

7. Extractor pin

8. Front firing pin

9. Rear firing pin

10. Firing pin spring

11. Firing pin lock pin

12. Recoil spring guide

13. Recoil spring

14. Plug

15. Barrel

16. Ejector

17. Ejector pin

18. Hammer

19. Hammer roll

20. Hammer roll pin

21. Slide lock safety

22. Sear

23. Disconnector

24. Sear pin

25. Trigger

26. Depressor

27. Grip safety

28. Sear spring

29. Mainspring

30. Magazine catch

31. Grip safety pin

33. Escutcheons (2)

34. Grip screw

35. Magazine

Llama Without Grip SafetyBrownings Patent

Colt Automatic .32 and .380 Pocket Pistol

Introduced around the turn of the century, the Browning-designed .32 pocket automatic pistol was the first hammerless or conccaled-hammer pistol produced by the Colt firm. Early models show the single patent date of April 20, 1897; later models bear the additional December 22, 1903, patent date.

A salient design feature of this excellent pistol is the slide lock safety mechanism which, in addition to its primary function of holding the slide to thé rear, also serves as a mechanical safety to block the hammer and as a means of determining whether the hammer is cocked. If the hammer is cocked, the

James M. Triggs, a writer-illustrazor of Mamaroneck. N. Y., has been a gun collector for IS years.

By James M. Triggs slide lock safety can be pushed upward to engage a corresponding cut in the slide. When the hammer is down in fired position, the slide lock safety cannot be pushed upward to engage the slide cut.

The grip safety, which automatically blocks the scar to prevent discharge of the gun unless pressure is simultaneously applied to both trigger and grip safety, is another important and widely copied design feature. It also serves as a cocking indicator by projecting from the rear of the grip only when the hammer is cocked. Later models with serial numbers above 468,097 incorporate a magazine disconncctcr device to prevent the gun firing with the magazine removed.

James E. Serven in his fine book. Colt Firearms 1860-1954, records that istols with serial numbers 1 to 72,000 ad four-inch barrels requiring a separate bushing. Pistols 72,001 to 95,800 had 3H-inch barrels and a small ex tractor. Pistols 95,801 to 105,050 had 3^4-inch barrels with a larger extractor. Final production from gun number

105,050 to 572,21 5 had 334-inch barrels with integral bushing and a locking lug at the muzzle end of the barrel. There was a change in the slide lock safety at gun number 416,896.

Initially offered in .32 caliber only, the pistoi was announced in the additional .380 ACP chambering in 1908. It is possible to convert cither model to either caliber by substitution of magazines and barrels. Colt discontinued production of this pistol in both calibers in 1946.

Work Finger Trigger Revolver Guns

1. Remove mogozine and check chamber to insure that it is unloaded. Cock the pistol. Grasp the pistol as shown, lining up the mark and arrow stamped on right side of slide with forward edge of receiver. With fingers of left hand twist barrel to left until its locking lugs disengage from receiver. Withdraw slide, barrel, recoil spring, and guide from receiver.

Turn barrel and withdraw it from slide

Pistol Recoil Spring
2. Remove stocks end drive out grip safety pin (31). Pull out lower end of grip safety (27) and withdraw the mainspring (29), sear spring (28), and magazine catch (30)
Browning 1906 Grip

3. Put slide lock safety (21) in "safe" or up position and withdraw it from receiver as shown. Hammer (18), ejector (16), and grip safety (27) con now be removed. Sear (22) and disconnector {23) can be removed by driving out their retaining pin (24)

1908 Pocket Hammerless Assembly

4. Parts may be reassembled in reverse order. Sear and disconnector are assembled in relationship as shown. Insert sear spring so that its leaves engage sear and disconnector. Insert mainspring so smaller leaf faces in toward the magazine well. Hammer must be in forward position to insert mainspring-M

Picture Plug Barrell End

O With thumb, press inward on knurled end of ^ plug, at same time rotating barrel bushing Vi-turn clockwise to free plug and recoil spring assembly. Rest heel of gun on table so both hands may be used

Press magazine catch with right thumb and, at same time, withdraw ■ magazine from receiver. Pull slide to rear and look in chamber to see that gun is not loaded. Close slide and pull trigger so hammer is down

Press magazine catch with right thumb and, at same time, withdraw ■ magazine from receiver. Pull slide to rear and look in chamber to see that gun is not loaded. Close slide and pull trigger so hammer is down

O With thumb, press inward on knurled end of ^ plug, at same time rotating barrel bushing Vi-turn clockwise to free plug and recoil spring assembly. Rest heel of gun on table so both hands may be used


Takedown of the .45 auto pistol may look difficult, but if you do the job step-by-step you will have no trouble

The fact that the basic U. S. Pistol, Caliber .45, Model of 1911. is still the official handgun of our Service, speaks well for both the Colt firm and the board of U.S. Army officers involved in its selection. Composed of four line officers and one Ordnance officer, this selection board was convened by a Special Order of the Secretary of War dated December 28. 1906. Weapons referred to the board were all of .45 caliber and included autoloading pistols of Colt. Luger, Savage, Knoble, Bergmann, and White-Merrill design, and double-action revolvers by Colt and Smith & Wesson. Also considered was the unique automatic revolver of Webley-Fosbery make.

The evaluation program instituted by the board was designed to simulate rigorous service conditions as much as possible and included endurance, dust, rust, accuracy, functioning, and numerous other tests calculated to reveal design flaws and general service capabilities of the various guns submitted.

Service test revealing

By 1907 the board had completed its work and all but the Colt and Savage entries had been eliminated from consideration. A service test of both the Colt and Savage pistols was then authorized with two troops of

U.S. Cavalry assigned for this purpose. This initial service test revealed that neither pistol had reached the desired perfection. Accordingly, the Ordnance Department instituted a scries of further experiments and informal tests which eventually resulted in the appointment of a new selection board which convened in March of 1911.

Its superiority noted

The first paragraph of their final report is as follows:

"Of the two pistols, the board was of the opinion that the Colt is superior, because it is more reliable, more enduring, more easily disassembled when there are broken parts to be replaced, and the more accurate."

That, in short, explains why the Browning-Colt .45 Automatic pistol was eventually adopted as an official U.S. Service arm and formally designated as the U.S. Pistol, Caliber'.45, Model of 1911. It is recorded that Colt made up nearly 200 experimental pistols before producing the model finally accepted.

Serviceably accurate, readily disassembled without the use of tools, and extremely rugged in ever)' detail, the Model of 1911 has achieved a reputation for combat serviceability unsur-

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