84 thoughts on “Mars Automatic Pistols

  1. I remember seeing this gun in Assassin's Creedy Syndicate. In-game, it was a really good gun, but I never knew at the time it was based off a real firearm or that it was so disastrously received/designed.

  2. Would have been nice if some snap caps were available in that calibre, just to illustrate the point completely (and go easy on the action when dropping the bolt)

  3. Sir Hugh Gabbett-Fairfax. Possibly the only man to invent a handgun that could make a Victorian/Edwardian British soldier soil their trousers whilst shooting it!🤣😂

  4. I’ve always had a fondness for the Mars, even though I never knew all that much about it. This video just endears the Mars to me even more. Lots of larger-caliber handguns are referred to as “hand cannons”, but the Mars is the only one I know of that recoils like an actual artillery piece.

    Much like the cartridge LeMat revolver or the 37mm Hotchkiss rotary cannon you showed recently, I would consider the Mars to be a “Rule of Cool” weapon; the kind of weapon where it’s just so inherently weird/unique that any questions of obsolescence or impracticality are rendered moot.

    Excellent video, thanks very much for shedding some light on such a cool and little-known weapon!

  5. J. M. Browning: *Laughs at Fairfax in M1911.

    Edit for context:
    M1911: simple, reliable, strong but controllable recoil, good ergonomics, design is 108 years old and is still extremely popular

    Mars Auto: overly complex, unreliable, ridiculously uncontrollable recoil, horrible ergonomics, most people only learned of its existence through a video game.

  6. Funny I think a new company called bond arms sells a gun called the bond bullpup that functions that same way

  7. According to the late Ian Hogg, anyone who ever fired the Mars .45 had no wish to repeat the experience – !

  8. I found this testimony of the time in a book: "whoever fired even once with this gun doesn't want to do it a second time !!"

  9. Great to see.
    Ian Hogg (ex British ordnance officer and author) whetted my interest with this unusual pistol in one of his books.
    When I first heard about it, it reminded me of the action for a fort artillery piece (locking, interrupting thread)..the browning patents would have prevented him from simplifying the process…so it is a work of engineering art…

  10. My dad has one (had one he's been gone since 1988) and he had lots of ammo for it, he emphasized the fact that the right ammo was most important to working correctly although we did shoot American ammo through the gun and I only remember it functioning perfectly. Loud, very powerful and would hurt my hand afterwards! Loved shooting it.

  11. Every one is like: oh it’s to big ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and has to mush recoil ew blah blah blah

    Me: I want one

  12. Simple pistol best. This pistol very complicated. Beretta pistol and walther ppk Best. This pistol, luger, Japan pistol = 0 👎

  13. Desert Eagle:
    I'm very bulky and heavy ;-;
    Bergmann Mars:
    Shut up kid, I'm worse because I'M YOUR FATHER.
    lol ._.

  14. Contemporary reviewer quoted in Ian Hogg's Encyclopedia of the World's Firearms:
    "No one who fired once with this pistol wished to shoot with it again".
    I shudder to think how that hammer spur must have dug into the shooter's wrist.

  15. Holy shoot, the Boberg XR9 functions with such similarity to this pistol I would posit that it's a direct ripoff of the design…

  16. This reminds me of that one "bullpup" pistol with the 'backwards cartridges' in the magazine, or at least the extractor arms/tabs do.

  17. I think I have the pistol for my character in Space 1889.
    "But it's huge and impractical, only a complete madman would… oh."

  18. The proper term for this type of turn of the century, ultra complex, over engineered madness is actually Diesel Punk. Steam Punk is more Victorian, this is more Guilded Age. The period between 1890 and 1910 is my favorite time in history. Anything was possible, and the World Wars hadn't taught humanity the danger that can come from our own minds. Thanks for the informative video on an incredible engineering jewel. I would love to spend the next 10 years trying to make the design function reliably

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