What I Got For Chistmas
Posted 05 January 2005 - 10:21 PM
1893 Borchardt semi auto serial number 315 made by Ludwic Loewe of Berlin around 1894.
Cased with accessories including stock. cheek piece, holster, cleaning kit and hold open device, spare mag, oil can, bore brush, screw driver, pin punches and case key.
The very first semi auto pistol made and the holy grail of Luger collecting which is my other gun hobby.
Posted 05 January 2005 - 11:01 PM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 07:11 AM
That pistol is the first - and all others studied it to learn how it was made and how to improve it, making it SO significant.
And your's look like it is in beautiful shape as well!
Posted 06 January 2005 - 08:09 AM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 02:04 PM
I've NEVER seen that pistol in anything other than photos - v. nice weapon. Do you have any history on it?
Posted 06 January 2005 - 02:28 PM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:10 PM
I have lusted after it for years and finally got the oportunity to aquire it.
The Borchardt is an interesting firearm in as much it was the first hand gun to employ a "box" magazine which is also used for the Thompson.
It also used Hiram Maxim's toggle lock principal which was used in the Maxim machine gun.
George Luger refined the design in to the Luger pistol as we all now know it and many of the Borchardt ideas are still in the Luger.
It looks kind of ungainly but I can assure you that it fits into one's hand nicely and is very well balanced.
When you fit the Stock and cheek piece it becomes a great carbine.
No! I wont be firing it, one reason it that the ammo is virtually impossible to find and secondly, as it is over 112 years old, I don"t want to damage it in any way.