Brunswig-Pistols made by Esperanza y Unceta have been sold under the name Brunswig. Two have been examined and measured. Both are „mongrels" in that the serial numbers on the frames do not agree with those on the slides. One has a frame No. 45,940 and slide No. 84,006 while the other has frame No. 46,404 and slide No. 84,070. Nor do their dimensions agree, the former being 150 mm. in length and 130 mm. in height, while the latter is 145 mm. in length and 127 mm. in height. Both bear Esperanza y Unceta markings on the frames, indicating that they were made before 1926 (the date of change of the name of the firm) and the serial numbers on the slides indicate that these were made during World War I. Both have Esperanza y Unceta barrels, with the familiar mark HOPE.
These pistols were assembled from stores of parts, some perhaps only partially finished, left over from the war production period, for some particular dealer who wished to use the brand name Brunswig. No advertisements for a pistol of this name have been seen by the author. This is but one of many cases where, at the close of a war, left-over pistols and parts have been sold under various brand names.
Union-This was a cheap line of pistols which were sold by Esperanza y Unceta but which were made by a firm in Ermua according to designs and specifications furnished them. They were manufactured especially for the foreign trade and were advertised in circulars printed in several foreign languages but not in Spanish. They were made and sold in approximately the period 1924 to 1931. Data for these pistols, as found in descriptive circulars, are given in Table 22. Recent correspondence states that there was a Mod. V. also, differing from Mod. I in that it had a triple safety rather than a single safety. It is also stated that Mod. IV has three safety devices, including a grip safety. Neither of these statements is confirmed by the literature issued at the time these pistols were being sold.
While there is much similarity between the Union and the Victoria or Astra series, they are not identical. Apart from differences in dimensions there is also a difference in the method of attachment of the grip plates. In the case of the 7.65 mm. 1911 Victorias and the 7.65 mm. 1911 Astras there is but one grip plate screw and this is located near the center of the plate. One Mod. 1911 Astra (No. 923, the lowest number seen) has one screw in the center of the grip plate and another at the bottom, on each plate. Later specimens have but one screw, located near the center of the plate. In the 1915 and 1916 7.65 mm. Astras there are two screws in the grip plates, one at the top and one at the bottom. The same is true for the Brunswig. In the case of the Union 7.65 mm. Mod. III there is only one screw, but (unlike the 1911 models) this screw is located at the rear edge of the grip plate.
The illustration of the Mod. I Union shows a single grip-plate screw, located at the rear edge of the plate, while the plates for the 6.35 mm. Mod. II have two screws each (doubtless because of the greater length of the plates), one at the top of the plate and one at the bottom. All of the 6.35 mm. Victorias and the 6.35 mm. Astras have only one screw for each grip plate, and these are always centrally located.
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