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    Steyr-Hahn Model 1912 pistol converted to full auto

    I found some interesting photos on the internet that show the Steyr-Hahn Model 1912 pistol that was converted to full auto in 1916. Also included was a 16 round extended magazine This pistol used the powerful 9x23mm Steyr cartridge. Besides the standard 1916 conversion to full auto there was also the Steyr-Hahn Doppelpistol which used two pistols on one stock.


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    Reloading would take much longer than shooting. Wonder what niche the doppel was intended to fill?

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    You would think that the Germanicon MP18 submachine gun or the Colt 1921 Thompson would have brought an end to the full auto pistol or "machine pistols',
    but there was a big market in China during the 1920's for these full auto pistols. Spain developed the first of the "broomhandle" full auto pistols with
    Mauser following in 1932. It has been estimated that Spain imported over 300,000 of these pistols to China alone and there was still a market in
    South Americaicon too. These pistols cost less than a submachine gun

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    A full auto pistol carries much better than a Thompson, believe me on that one. When you look at the Mauser which is more common, it wouldn't be so effective past a short distance so it was just for visual effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    You would think that the Germanicon MP18 submachine gun or the Colt 1921 Thompson would have brought an end to the full auto pistol or "machine pistols',
    but there was a big market in China during the 1920's for these full auto pistols. Spain developed the first of the "broomhandle" full auto pistols with
    Mauser following in 1932. It has been estimated that Spain imported over 300,000 of these pistols to China alone and there was still a market in
    South Americaicon too. These pistols cost less than a submachine gun
    A lot of that had to do with trade restrictions. In the 20s and 30s they wouldn't let China buy military arms (i.e. rifles. SMGs, etc.) and so instead they bought a lot of pistols like the C96 and Astras which didn't have restrictions on them. In the 20s or 30s I wouldn't feel undergunned with a C96 with shoulder stock by any means. They were basically a semi-auto carbine with a relatively long range pistol cartridge that was fairly fast (for the time) to reload.

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    About twenty or more years ago, I had a friend that collected the Mauser M96 and Bolo pistols all from the imports. He even had
    some that were handmade Chinese copies with Chinese markings all over. His prize was a 45 ACP Chinese broomhandle which he
    fired a few times. He did find a Spanish Royal broomhandle at the Reno Gun Show..

    I use to think this was a collection of "junk" pistols but now it would be interesting to look at these pistols

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