Q. About Early Semi-Auto Pistols

#1
I'm toying with writing a story set in London in 1888 (yes, Jack the Ripper will feature, along with his dog, Jack the Russell) and I'd like to arm my hero with some 'cool' kit.

I'm thinking of stretching facts a bit and giving him a 'prototype' Schonberger, Borchardt or Mauser C96, or even a Webley-Fosbery.

Any suggestions re the viability of any or all of the above, or are there other possible candidates?
 
#2
How about a prototype of your protagonists own design? It could malfunction everytime he needs it in some way or form until he is disarmed by a henchman and it blows up in the baddies face saving your heroes life.

Plummy detective type - "You see Jeeves, I told you it would come in handy one day."

Sidekick rolls eyes - "Your foresight is remarkable sir."
 
#3
throw the main charactor in a time machine for 5 years and give him one of these
 

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#4
The Borchardt was the first success, although it was crap and too late for Jack the Ripper. Why not call your hero Nemo and give him a Gatling harpoon pistol and one small pectoral fin?
 

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#5
Gabbett Fairfax or Mars pistol perhaps? The ultimate could be a Sjorgen (I'm not even sure a prototype was built!).
 
#6
Gabbett Fairfax or Mars pistol perhaps? The ultimate could be a Sjorgen (I'm not even sure a prototype was built!).
Ahh, the Mars - thank you, I knew I'd forgotten one. "The captain in charge of tests of the Mars at the Naval Gunnery School in 1902 observed, "No one who fired once with the pistol wished to shoot it again". Shooting the Mars pistol was described as "singularly unpleasant and alarming".

I haven't come across the Sjogren before - interesting bit of kit - thanks again.
 
#7
How about a prototype of your protagonists own design? It could malfunction everytime he needs it in some way or form until he is disarmed by a henchman and it blows up in the baddies face saving your heroes life.

Plummy detective type - "You see Jeeves, I told you it would come in handy one day."

Sidekick rolls eyes - "Your foresight is remarkable sir."
"Your foresight is remarkable sir." - I like what you did there!
 
#9
This is what you want... (as featured in the spotter's thread a few weeks back...)
 

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#12
If a decent British revolver's not good enough for him, he's almost certainly a foreigner, probably a deviant as well, and definitely not hero material.
Exactly, its what the Fosberry was made for!
 
#13
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Does it have to be semi-auto? I like the idea of him being the original Dirty Harry.

"This is the Holland & Holland Howdah pistol, a .577 cannon that would give one a frightfully bad day, which begs the question. Does one feel charmed rapscallion?"

"Well does one?"
 

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#15
Howdahs are for effete victorian gentlemen. A real man would wield a P Webley .577 6 shot revolver! Oh and a sword!
 
#16
I have a 577 longarm, in pistol format it would be truely demonic!

Love the Victorian Dirty Harry, or Unclean Harold.
Unclean Harold isnt as daft as it sounds and could actually make money. Mixing famous characters with beasties are all the rage at the minute with Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies making money and getting films made. It would be shit but we wouldnt worry about it sat on a beach snorting chang off a hookers chebs.
 
#17
Unclean Harold isnt as daft as it sounds and could actually make money. Mixing famous characters with beasties are all the rage at the minute with Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies making money and getting films made. It would be shit but we wouldnt worry about it sat on a beach snorting chang off a hookers chebs.
Well I know some filmer types and I do love chebs. Win.
 
#18
Howdahs are for effete victorian gentlemen. A real man would wield a P Webley .577 6 shot revolver! Oh and a sword!
A sword-stick, naturellement. I like the P Webley and a .577 Howdah pistol ideas. Thanks, chaps.
 
#20
I do believe it's a Borchardt, sir
 

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