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Lot 1774: Savage Arms Corporation 1919 Pistol 25 ACP

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Unique Savage Arms Model 1919-20 Prototype 25 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $15,000

Unique Savage Arms Model 1919-20 Prototype 25 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 1919
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 25 ACP
Barrel: 2 3/4 inch round
Finish: in the white
Grip: Gutta Percha
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Catalog Page: 275
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is an example of an extremely rare and one of a kind Savage Arms prototype pistol that is very similar to the early model 1916 pistol as manufactured by Savage. This specific pistol was also purchased in Sept 1977 directly from the Savage Arms company when they were selling all of their factory/museum assets. This specific pistol was actually developed after the 1916 Model to counter a lawsuit from Colt Firearms based on purported Patent infringements on the Colt grip safety design as used on their model 1905 25 ACP pistol. As you can see in this design, Savages intend was to completely eliminate the grip safety and also radically re-engineered the exterior of the pistol by making it completely flat so that it could be more efficiently manufactured in a mass-production mode. This example was never put into production by Savage strictly based on the fear that they would still be sued by Colt regardless, even though they felt there was a huge market for this type of small 25 ACP pistol. This design is also very similar to several of the European pocket pistol produced prior to WWI. The only markings on this pistol is "P-1" (Prototype 1) stamped on the underside of the frame in front of the trigger guard and "25ACP" stamped on the lower edge of the front grip strap.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, unfinished in the white factory finish. The grips are a hard gutta-percha type material that are very fine. Although the pistol appears to be completely and fully machined it will not cock. The magazine is a professionally made replacement. Another unique one of a kind Savage Arms semi-automatic pocket pistol.

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