Where did the Spanish Eibar pistols come from?
In addition to French sales, many were also sold to the Italian Army, as that country struggled to keep up with domestic production of military pistols. Some companies manufactured the guns from scratch, while others subcontractor some or even all of the component parts to other suppliers.
How many pistols did Gabilondo make per month?
Each of these subcontractors was to produce 5000 pistols per month for Gabilondo, who would control overall QC and deliver the guns to France.By this time (August 1915) the French contract had increased to 30,000 pistols per months, and would later jump again to 50,000 per month.
Where did gun making take place in Spain?
Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Spain had a significant number of relatively small gunmaking shops throughout its northern Basque area. The area has been known for its metalworking resources and prowess for literally two thousand years, and it is little surprise that firearms manufacture would thrive there.
Are there any automatic pistols made in Spain?
So new firearms developments were, practically speaking, not patented in Spain and could be copied there without legal penalty. One of the more successful early automatic pistol designs of the turn of the century was John Browning’s Colt and FN 1903 (which were different guns, but used the same basic design).
What are the features of an Eibar pistol?
The Eibar/Ruby pistols’ most distinctive identifying features are: Shrouded hammer. Lumpy-looking safety lever above trigger. Longitudinal grooves around the muzzle for disassembly. Long 9-round magazine with heel release.
When was the first Astra Unceta pistol made?
Firm under direction of Don Pedron Unceta and Don Juan Esperanza began business in Eibar on July 17, 1908 and moved to Guernica in 1913. Astra trademark was adopted on November 25, 1914. Esperanza began production of the Spanish Army’s Campo Giro pistol in 1913.
What are the names of the Eibar Ruby pistols?
Three Eibar Ruby clones – “Martian”, “Brunswig”, and “Modelo 1916”. Note differences in frame shape, sights, slide serrations, etc. One can only imagine the Gabilondo shop receiving news of this staggering order – because at that time they had less than 10 employees (between 5 and 8, depending on which source you read).