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Beretta 81 and Beretta 84

Beretta 81 and Beretta 84 are members of the double-action family which appeared in 1976. They have met with considerable success both in adoption by many police and security forces and in commercial sales. Design In many respects, they are updated versions of the well-known Model 1934 Beretta which armed the Italian military forces until …

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Astra .44 Magnum Revolver

Astra .44 Magnum Revolver

The Astra .44 Magnum Revolver is designed and manufactured by Astra Unceta company. As stated the Astra Unceta company has a long record of manufacturing automatic pistols but they did not go into the revolver business until 1958, and it was several years before they went as far as an Astra .357 Magnum revolver. They …

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Astra .357 Revolver

Astra .357 Revolver

The Astra .357 revolver is manufactured in Spain by Astra Unceta. Astra Company has a long history of automatic-pistol manufacture, having made the Spanish Army’s service since World War One, but they did not enter the revolver field until the late 1950s, and then with a relatively cheap line under the name of ‘Cadix’. About …

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Astra A-80 Pistol

Astra Model A-80 Auto Pistol

The Astra Model A-80 pistol was designed and produced in Spain by Astra Company. It has been manufacturing automatic pistols since 1908. It has been providing Spanish military and police pistols since 1913 and has thus gained valuable knowledge of practical requirements as opposed to theoretical desires, and this shows in their Astra A-80 pistol. …

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ASP 9 mm Auto Pistol

ASP 9mm Auto Pistol

The ASP 9mm Auto Pistol was an answer to the U.S. Government’s quest for new concealable pistol. Almost 20 years ago the clandestine services of the U.S. Government stated a requirement for a concealable but powerful automatic pistol, and the first response was a cut-down .45 M1911A1 Colt developed by the C.I.A. Early Design While …

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Steyr MPi 69

The Steyr MPi 69 submachine gun resembles the UZI in some respects but is a totally different and rather simpler design. It is currently in use by a number of armies and police forces throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Design of Steyr MPi 69 The receiver is formed from bent and welded …

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Like the Steyr submachine gun, the FAMAE SAF is based upon an assault rifle design, though in this case with much more modification. In the 1980s the FAMAE factory (the Chilean government small arms factory) obtained a license to manufacture the Swiss SIG 540 assault rifle. Concept This is a 5.56mm locked-breech weapon of fairly …

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Sig Sauer P229

The Swiss Industrial Company (SIG) has produced some of the best pistols in the world, including Sig Sauer P229, but the Swiss neutrality laws make the export of weapons very difficult; as one Swiss said, “We are only allowed to sell guns to people who don’t want them.” As a result, SIG set up a …

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SiG Sauer P225 Auto Pistol

The Sig Sauer P225 was designed by SIG (Schweizer Industrie Gesellschaft) of Neuhausen-Rheinfalls, Switzerland and was first announced in 1978. Due to the restrictions placed on arms sales by the Swiss Government, SIG has entered into agreements with J. P. Sauer & Son of Germany so that the SIG designs can be manufactured by Sauer, …

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