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Lot 1469: U.S. Test Trial Savage Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Very Scarce U.S. Test Trial Savage Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1469: U.S. Test Trial Savage Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Very Scarce U.S. Test Trial Savage Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $12,000 - $20,000
Price Realized:

Very Scarce U.S. Test Trial Savage Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 1907
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Catalog Page: 330
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a very scarce example of a Savage Model 1907 pistol that was manufactured for the U.S. 1907 military test trials. Based on the poor performance of the Army's .38 caliber revolvers during the Philippine Insurrection, in January 1906 U.S. Army Ordnance Chief B.G. Crozier issued a letter of invitation to the gun manufacturing industry to develop and submit new semi-automatic handguns utilizing the then new .45 ACP cartridge. Eighteen companies initially responded with only eight actually submitting a test sample pistol. Of the competitors, only the offerings of Savage, Colt, and Luger were found to merit additional trials, though Luger would voluntarily withdraw due to concerns that the Americans wouldn't pick a European offering regardless of virtue. The final result, which involved a few rounds of revisions and corrections for each pistol, was the adoption of Colt's Government Model pistol as the Model of 1911, which in turn would be America's sidearm from World War I to the closing days of the Cold War. Estimates on the total number of Model 1907 pistols vary in the 288-290 range, and many of those were destroyed or misplaced during the course of testing. Aside from a small handful earmarked for retention by museums, all the Savage pistols in government stores were released for commercial sale. Between the number destroyed from the stress of government testing, the number "lost" in transit, and additional wear and tear from civilian buyers, good surviving examples are rare in any condition. This example is remarked with the two-line Savage address and patent dates, as well as "CAL .45" ahead of the ejector port, and the "FIRE" and "SAFE" markings on the side of the frame. These markings were an addition requested by the Army partway through testing and were added to the pistols already made, as well as applied to those made after. The pistol is not listed on p. 261 of "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols: 1894-1920" by Meadows, as one that was known to be in private collections. The slide shows the signature heavy serrations towards the rear. It has a ribbed hammer and smooth trigger. This example still retains the thin/narrow grip safety that is not integral to the rear of the frame, and it has the improved Model 1909 markings of "FIRE" and "SAFE" at the rear of the frame along with a pair of checkered walnut grip panels. The pistol is numbered "131" with two circled "S" proofs on the underside of the slide. A swiveling lanyard loop is present, which can be folded into the magazine well if not needed, and the magazine is nickel finished with a blue base and has "131" marked on the spine. The consignor notes that this pistol was restored by Steve Moeller. Provenance: The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 98% plus of the professionally restored blue and casehardened finish with a few scattered minor handling marks under the finish and minimal wear.The slightly loose fitting grips are also very fine a few scattered light handling marks and crisp recut checkering. Mechanically excellent. An attractive representative example of the rare U.S. test trials Savage Model 1907 pistol!



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