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Small Arms of WWI Primer 010: German Mauser 1914 Pistol


Last episode we covered a military
handgun icon straight from Paul Mauser and his talented employees the Feederle’s.
Let’s stay with Mauser just a bit longer and see the excellent if somewhat
unexpected results of his faith being placed in a different man, who envisioned
not just a single handgun but an entire pistol family. [music] Hi, I’m Othais, and this is the Mauser 1914 pocket pistol. Let’s get in the lightbox. Handy in size, the Model 1914 is only 6.1 inches
long and weighs in at 1.3 pounds unloaded. Has magazine capacity of 8 .32
ACP cartridges, single stack. Alright like so many other things we’re gonna need some
context history so I’ll set this down for a moment. Remember from the C96 that Mauser
never got his military contract he wanted with that previous pistol. Instead
it went to the Luger. Well that left him smarting, and so he kinda went
back to the drawing board and brought in a great promising engineer by the name of Josef Nickl, out of Austria. Now he joined the company in 1904, but around
1908-1909 he’s put in charge of a new project. In this he envisions having a
family of pistols. A group of pistol sharing a similar design and features
but in different sizes, shapes and calibers. This is brilliant. I mean this
is something that we’re very familiar with today. We kind of expect models
to share similar features. I mean we almost consider it like an icon of a brand to have
all your pistols look similar but at the time this is revolutionary. So they want
to do something from about .25 ACP, which is a popular defensive cartridges at the time, all
the way up to 9mm and .45 caliber military cartridges. Now to do
this, they decided that the wise thing to do would be to start with what they would
consider the biggest European cartridge, the 9mm Parabellum.
We’ve covered this military service cartridge before, but to quickly review
its powerful load made it unsuitable for unlocked breach pistols. Unfortunately
the team at Mauser didn’t quite realize unlocked breach wasn’t an option.
They started with a blowback design and we see prototypes in 1909 appearing that
are just… they look a lot like what will become
1914, but just a lot bigger. They don’t work out so
well. As a matter of fact they went ahead and included sort of a buffer spring in
the slide. That’s actually a holdover from a previous trials model, but the buffer
spring wasn’t enough. I mean there’s just no real way to make a blowback 9mm
small and handy and yet still controllable. We obviously have seen blowback 9mm’s, even today, but they’re quite large just to make up for that mass needed.
The other way to take care of it would be to have a heavier spring, but again
you run into this problem like we’ll see another sort of Dreyse prototype, is that
the spring pressure is just so high that it’s almost impossible to operate the
slide. So the 1909 failed. But they already had all this research in place. They already
had all this machine tooling in place. And they had the patents out and everything was
ready to go and again they’re working on a pistol family, so they sort of made the
financially responsible decision and said “you know what while we’re trying to figure out what
the heck to do about 9mm and maybe .45, let’s go ahead and get
something to market.” So they started with something that was very very popular in
that time which was the .25 ACP cartridge. This little defensive cartridge was
introduced by John Browning with his model 1905 “Vest Pistol”. Today, we find
it to be far too weak as a defensive cartridge, but at the time people really
wanted some, you know, little vest pistol handgun that they could slip into a
pocket and keep with them. The alternatives that were popular time would something like
.22LR which was rimfire. At least this is a centerfire cartridge.
Unfortunately it doesn’t really produce quite as much power as even .22LR. Now the .25 ACP
was a lot easier to work with. All they had to do was take that gigantic 1909
9mm and shrink it on down, make a few refinements and boom! They
had what they called at the time the model of 1909 in .25 ACP. This system
still had a few unnecessary features, especially the buffer spring, so with
further refinement right before market, it became the model 1910 and they’re handy
little things. I mean, not a large handgun and they sold really,
really well. They were extremely popular. These little 1910s are really
recognizable because of the side lash that used to take down the side plate. If we can get a closer look at that on the photo. Anyway that
would actually go away when they released the 1914 and the pistol would again be upgraded in 1934. So there’s three sort of sub-variations of this gun. Most of the time when you see ’em out there, people are listening ’em as the 1910, but it’s really like the 10/14 or the 10/34. Little differences. Makes it fun to collect. They did not abandon the idea of 9mm though. Throughout this entire process,
they, all the way into WW1, they’re going to keep trying and so we’re gonna see a
series of pistols known kinda collectively as the model 1912, and the 1912/14. All these used
various systems of retarded blowback. Just a method of some sort of spring
powered, in early cases, a lever, and in later cases, a flap, and these… all they
did was slowed down the rearward action of the slide. With that slide
slowed down, they hoped that they would be able to get most of the pressure of the
round out the muzzle before the slide opened. Unfortunately these made the system very
hard and stiff to operate, required special levers to operate and it had all sorts
of other problems. We’re not really set up for trials guns and experimental
weapons; We’re mostly doing service guns. So, a good place to go for this would
actually be our friend Ian over at Forgotten Weapons. He has a nice video up
of the 12/14 and I believe .45 ACP. I’ll go ahead and throw a link down in the comments. Now, this gun is sort of sitting in that
defensive cartridge realm of .25 ACP. We had the military attempts for a 9mm. In
between though, is the popular .32 ACP cartridge. This cartridge was introduced on
Browning’s Model 1900, and would serve through WW2 and somewhat beyond as a
popular mild police and occasionally military cartridge. Today we consider it
too weak to be a reliable man stopper, but that didn’t prevent it from serving worldwide. When we’re trying to go
from .25 ACP up to .32, you’d think that we would just sort of increase the
dimensions of everything and it will work out, and it kinda looks like they did. But
not wanting to waste, over at Mauser Feederle and Nickl, they decided to go
ahead and work on some improvements. They took ideas from the 9mm
trials and just some general refinements when they went ahead and made the 1914
in .32 ACP. So if we take a look at these together, we’re going to see there’s
some extra milling. These serrations that used to be flush are now sort of bulbous.
They poke out so you have a better grip. When we look on the underside, we’ll see that
our barrel take-down now has a push-button, spring loaded so that
she kind of locks in place better. On the other side, we’re going to see that the
side plate is now simply dovetailed. It does not have this turned down latch.
It’s a lot easier to get out too. While we’ve got this over here, I wanna go ahead
and point out on this gun, it was also on the 1910 but while I’m here in the
camera, this has a great safety system. It’s two separate and distinct motions.
Thumb down to put it on safe. Press button to put it on fire, and that’s remarkable
because at the time especially when you look at the rest of the series, safeties and
ergonomics don’t always go together and it shows a real focus of thought on the
fact that you want to have two definite and distinct motions for on and off to
really avoid confusion. You wanna know unconsciously what it is that you’re
doing and by the way it favors safety off. It’s a nice quick, easy, natural motion.
It’s honestly a great system. we really like it. For those curious, it actually comes from a
sort of trials gun. Both the C06 and the Mauser 06/08 had these sorts of
features. Alright while we have the gun a lot of people been asking for take-downs,
so we’ll go and show that. On this one, all you really need to do is depress
the button on the underside and twist that barrel pin. Pull her free. There we go. Now, with our
magazine in, we can lock the action back. At first this locks on the follower, but
as we drop our mag, in a moment, there’s actually a teetering mechanism in there
that’s going to hold the slide open. You’ll see that better in our animation.
But, let’s go ahead and get the barrel out of the way. She just lifts right out. Now, to get
that slide forward some, we’re going to release the mag, which will
now take the slide from resting on the follower to resting on that teeter like
we said. We now need to get to taut the other way. So I’m going to reinsert the
mag, I know, kind of odd, but now she’s sliding forward. She’s going to catch on
the mag, so we need to get it back out of the way for one final time. The slide can
come off the front. This is where you want to be a little careful because your
coil spring can fall out, but the bigger issue is that our strikers still under spring
pressure. You want to contain that while you lift her away and there you have it
she’s out. Just for those curious, that side plate, she just dovetails up, kind of want to
rock the rear up and then pull the front away. Very likely your disconnector’s gonna just fall
right out ’cause it just sits on a simple pin there. You can see by the way, while we’ve got this
apart, this is a terrificly complicated pistol for .32 ACP. When you
look at a animations of this versus anything else we’ve done so far or are about to
do, there’s a lot going on in here and it’s a robust, but complicated system.
Honestly though, for what it’s worth, it adds a lot of… it adds a lot of value to actually
shooting the gun. These are well thought features and Mae’ll give her opinion on
them a little bit later. Alright, we’re being a little bit
unfair because when we look at the slide this handgun, it’s actually a later
version. The original 1914 as released had what was known as a humpback, which is that they sort of milled down where the ejection port was. I believe they were
trying to make it more compact or more stylish. I can’t honestly tell you the reason, for
sure. But, very quickly after that, they decided that it’s much more economical
to just go ahead and mill straight across the top and keep this a nice cylindrical
shape. So 99.9% of the ones you’re gonna see, you’re gonna look like this. Alright, let’s go ahead and get this
thing over for animations so you guys can see really how it works. In the meantime I’ll
put this back together. A pull of the trigger raises the
combination trigger bar’s front and lowers its rear, which serves as the sear. This frees the striker to spring forward, discharging the gun. A simple blowback, the slide is driven rearward, extracting the spent casing. The recoil spring under the barrel returns it forward, picking up a fresh round. The safety simply cradles the trigger bar, preventing it from dropping and freeing the striker. Note the simple disconnector, which forces the trigger catch to retract when out of battery. This prevents it from
engaging the trigger bar. Otherwise, fairly basic. We’ll let this empty out. Take a look at that magazine. As we drop it, watch how the combination ejector and slide stop
pops up at the rear. When we reinsert the magazine, that combo part is
tilted back, freeing the slide to spring forward. Alright, let’s go ahead and load this thing
up and let Mae get some shots downrange. Alright, let’s load up a magazine using
that auto slide drop. Aim, and squeeze. Lever down to activate the safety. Push button to ready
for fire. She’ll lock open on empty. And let’s see the damage. Alright y’all’ve had your fun with me, now let’s go back to Othais. So these guns, despite never really
evolving into a 9mm, not a commercial success anyway, they still
independently, the .25 and .32s, were a huge, huge financial boon to Mauser. They sold very
well between the two of ’em probably roughly about a million produced, and despite, you
know, the .25 is conquering that pocket pistol market and at the same time this .32 is a
really, really popular police pistol. It’s right up there with the top three in that
period. Now it did ultimately become a military pistol even though it never
made it to that 9mm chambering. And the reason is because of WW1. We see this all the time, with Germany going into the war, the wanted
everything they could lay their hands on, and so a myriad of .32 ACP pistols were
picked up, and believe me, we’re going to cover all of them in this series as we go
through because, despite the fact that yes, it’s another .32 ACP pocket pistol,
each one has unique features as you’re beginning to see. Anyway, these guys were
whipped into the German war machine and sold internally for 39 Marks. Pretty popular,
and postwar they actually went on to serve further. As being one of the more
popular police designs, a lot of them were retained by the government after
the armistic, and so, despite Versailles, you see plenty of these in inventory. As a matter of fact the one I’m holding here, and I’ll whip up the picture, has a 1920 inventory mark. Now
it’s a testament to this gun’s design that, I mean basically most of it was
done by 1909, and yet at least 1934, it’s going to see another face lift. Not an
overhaul, just a face lift. You see in 1930, Luger production was moved over to Mauser and
along with it came a man by the name of August Weiss. Now, Weiss wanted… he was put in
charge of all handgun development and decided it was time to sort of update
the little 1914; make it see more modern and compete with the current pocket pistol
generation, where you’re seeing changes from Walter and things like that. So, a big part of that
is sort of the grip contour and ergonomics. What they did is they reworked
the grips on this to be more swept back and they went ahead and updated some
internal parts to take advantage of the machine process of metal stampings, just to
make it cheaper and easier to produce. So this would be known as the 14/34 in this
design, and then they also upgraded a version of the 1910 over to the 34 pattern as well. I probably got some line drawings for these. There you go. And they would continue
production through about 1941 is where it drops off, but there’s still some
rolling out as late as late 1944, early 1945 when they finally seemed to halt
production. Now, the model 34 is sort of famous for serving with the Kriegsmarine and if we get our hands on one we’ll do a little bit more about that later. Alright, well that sort of covers the
history of this gun, so let’s go ahead and turn it over to Mae and get some opinion
on just what it’s like to shoot one. Alright, we made room for Mae once more.
She’s chock full of opinions, oh so many opinions, some of them are about the Mauser 1914 so let’s go ahead and just get those. Here you go. Thank you. Well, from the very get-go when I picked
up this weapon I noticed instantly it’s got a lot of weight up at the top of the
slide, which personally I think helped with the recoil for this one. But in terms of
the ergonomics of this weapon, it was very comfortable. The swooped in back grip
actually fits to my hand very nicely. All my fingers fit on here, which for me personally I can understand how that could be I have small hands, but for someone like Othais, you
know, his pinky’s hanging off, not quite as comfortable, but it actually, with the
placement of the weapon, you can see it made operating the safety one-handed
really simple and easy. Overall this was the most comfortable pocket pistol we’ve
handled for .32 ACP so far. Alright that’s a good impression, but we need to talk about actually shooting it. Once you pull that trigger what’s going on with his pistol? Out of all of .32 pocket pistols we’ve shot so far, this one had the cleanest
trigger we’ve had. I couldn’t even tell when the break was happening. It was
absolutely so glassy. And then when operating the slide, these protruding
extensions right here made it simple to grip. The sights on here were tall,
making it really easy to read. It honestly was like most modern
9mm pistols for me. That’s all I can think of to add on for the action for that, but
this was very smooth. The recoil on it wasn’t heavy at all. I think that was
’cause of the heavy slide honestly the recoil wasn’t bad for this at all. Plus it’s a .32. But, overall, the action on this one I
thought was a 10 out of 10. Yeah a lot of that really is gonna come from how over-engineered this pistol is. I mean there are a lot of little extras that you do not see in
other .32 handguns and again that kind of come to the fact that this is supposed to be a family
of pistols. So you’re including all sorts of parts that you expect to include on a
bigger full-service sized handgun, because why not? You want everything to be
uniform. In the end we don’t get the full service handguns so instead we have .25 ACPs
and .32 ACPs with ridiculously complicated interiors, but hey, the benefit’s there. I mean all these parts interact really well, it’s all really smooth. I mean
I agree with her. I shot it too. It is an extremely good trigger for what this
pistol is supposed to be. Alright so, one other thing that’s kind of unique to this gun is
the lock open, which is, for those who are unaware, it’s going to lock open like we
showed the animation and it’s going to stay open until we reinsert the magazine.
What did you think about that kind of feature and just sort of the magazine in
general? Starting off with the magazine on this,
I’ve said it before in all previous videos: I’m not a fan of the heel
releases. They’re just… they’re not my favorite, but for the lock open on this
one, this one in particular, it actually isn’t quite that useful in my opinion,
just because, yes it’s gonna tell me when I’m out of rounds, in case I’ve lost count, but
if this magazine is out and it’s already locked open, there is no way that you’re
going to be able to put it back in place unless you pop the magazine back in.
Honestly for things like disassembly I just don’t find that a very useful feature. Yeah a lot of us are going to be concerned with something like this, if
I may, because again there’s… we’re used to a lock open, right? We’ve seen this a hundred
times. Normally on some pistols like a Beretta, you’ll pull this out and the slide
will just come forward. On other pistols there’ll be a slide release that you just
snap and she comes forward. There’s none of that here. I can crank on this
and it’s not going to reset. It has to be fed. It has to have a magazine placed in to set
it forward. The problem with that is unless you’re carrying a spare mag, which
by the way, if you have a spare mag and you’re doing hot load that’s great. If you’re
just cleaning, it disassembling it, whatever, inspecting in some form or another and you don’t necessarily want to chamber a round, what you gonna do? You’re
going to feed a round every time you try to put that mag in there. It’s a little bit of
a pain. Alright so, I guess, final question, tacky
question: you are handed this thing and told “welcome to WW1”, do you
feel confident about it? You know, in terms of confidence I actually do. Everything
about this gun functioned right. We didn’t have any failure to feed or failure to
eject problems. The trigger was clean. The weight was there. The ergonomics of this gun were fantastic. I liked almost everything about this gun. I would feel
comfident taking it into battle. The only problem I could conceive
is the .32… it’s not that powerful of a round, so that could be a problem, but I’d still
take it in. I still would have accurate shots with this weapon. Okay, so if we’re thinking of classes here, .32s vs full-service handguns. In the .32
category is this your favorite so far? Yes, everything we shot so far this .32 is
the king of the .32s. Alright, and by the way I should say we are ahead on
filming for certain .32s, so just because you haven’t seen it in an episode yet,
doesn’t mean she hasn’t shot it. She’s actually sampled most of the .32s
that were available to Germany during the war, so that’s a pretty well rounded
opinion. We’ll let you know in a future episode if it changes. Alright, anything else?
Final thoughts? No, I think we covered everything with this gun. Good. Well, again, notifications are gonna be after the
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100 thoughts on “Small Arms of WWI Primer 010: German Mauser 1914 Pistol

  1. Congratulations on another well produced documentary! The 1910 pattern Mausers are truly classic pistols.One minor criticism- the slide does close without inserting the magazine. You just have to pull the slide back and release it before it begins it's forward travel. Snap it back forcefully and release- the slide should close. It can be a bit tricky at first.

  2. Mauser pocket's slide can be released without magazine — magazine out, pull the slide to its maximum rear position, release the fingers, and slide will fly back into battery.

    Via extensive usage, Chinese summarized six best single action pocket pistols in 1920s: FN 1900, Colt 1903, FN 1910, S&S, Spanish Ruby, and Mauser pocket. So, Mauser pocket was one of the best in this type.

  3. Hello

    I have a Browning 1900 and 1910, as well as a 1914 Mauser.

    I agree with absolutely everything you said, including your comparisons of other .32s of the era.

    If you left out anything, it would be that the magazine catch spring is ridiculously strong. Other than that, you covered everything.

    Well done… as always.

    Regards

    Richard
    Ottawa – Canada

  4. How come you aren't monetizing?   YT will promote your videos much more if they are monetized– since they get a chunk of the earnings.    Anyway,  that is my tip for the day.   I really enjoyed your video.

  5. That automatic slide release is really cool. Why hasn't that been carried over to many other designs? Never actually seen that before.

  6. i've got 2 1910/1914s S/N low 200s. finding parts is a bit of a prob, even with a supplier like numrich. still, they are totally cool. hopefully my C&R will come through and i can find some nice 1914s. came here thanks to +taofledermaus . liked and subbed.

  7. Great videos! Keep up the awesome work!
    I was most intrigued by the 1920 inventory mark on this one. I have a 1907 Dreyse which, through much research, I've dated as being of wartime production. It has a 1920 stamping. Could you be so kind as to enlighten me as to what this says of my pistol? Thanks even if no, and do keep up the great videos.
    Hope you'll do one on the 1907 Dreyse! 🙂

  8. I am very impressed with your video. You guys really know your stuff. Not often do you see such detail to history. Keep it up!

  9. Tnx alot for this video, it helped me alot with my mauser. I think this is one of the best gun channels for collectors

  10. Thanks so much for this in depth review of the Mauser pocket .32 ACP. I have the good fortune to posses an early edition and have always considered it a fine piece of craftsmanship. I agree 100% the only thing I would have wanted to incorporate within the design would be the ability to release the slide without needing to insert the magazine. Keep up the great reviews it's great to have such background available on the net.

  11. OK, I am not a "gun nut", I know almost nothing practical about (hand)guns. My interest is purely historical. But I have a question, many of the WW 1 era guns have no modern day counterpart, they are horribly outdated by modern standards, but this kinda looks like it does. Am I completely wrong, and if not, how would this gun measure up to modern day standards?

  12. Great videos, Mae makes a good job of shooting the guns , I lived in the states for 2 years I got to fire many older pistols , including a Nambu .. its nice seeing a lot of the more obscure pistols being fired ,here in the UK we can only dream of the freedom you guys have protect the 2nd amendment,

  13. I own one of these pistols made around 1921. Fantastic little gun, I wonder why they didn't manufacture a .380 version.

  14. Thanks for the video! The 1910 and the 1914 are nice shooters. I noticed the 1914 as having a very light trigger…….. Looking forward to watching your other videos. There is just something about these old guns with character……if they could only talk and tell you where they have been.

  15. this makes me want to get a C&R license so badly, thats the only way I can get these sorts of guns because Yeah I live in Hawaii but My actual home is in CA so thats a problem as these would be illegal without the C&R licence, however i cant get a C&R because I am only 18, and you must be 21 to get one. Maybe ill get my dad to get one so we can buy the guns together and share them until i am 21.

  16. great video as always guys. the only thing I think you should add are line drawings of the sight picture in all your videos.

  17. first off, I'd like to thank you for your show, serious, complete, fun and interesting, really they aren't that many around I like as much as yours with the exception of that good old Ian from Forgotten weapon.
    Secondly, I am the lucky owner of one of them from the Dantzig police, and this is the first good and serious video about this old guy and it was very interesting, thanks again, keep up the good work and greetings from france.

  18. I have one of these, and I can release the slid without a magazine! It takes a pull back on the slide and quick release and it will close!

  19. This (or the 1934) was also the original "U.N.C.LE. Special" from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." They added a barrel extension, low power scope, telescoping shoulder stock and extended magazine. It was eventually replaced on the show by the modified P-38s. I don't know if the Mausers were selective-fire like the P-38s (a feature, done without appropriate paperwork, which almost sent some people to jail).

  20. hola amigo yo adquirí una pistola mauser 1914 ….c…25 ….esta muy deteriorada … pero esta en funcionamiento …saludos .

  21. I have a question about this wonderful pistol: when fired all cartridges, the slide stays open. When removing the mag, a slide stop pops up which holds open the slide. But what holds open the slide, when the mag is still inserted? In the animation, I can't figurd that out.

  22. The magazine makes perfect sense for a military pistol of the time used for close quarters battle in the trenches.  You would not want to accidentally close the slide with no mag and no round in the chamber.  Shoving another full mag in the gun makes it ready for action immediately with no further steps required.  I can see where the unusual mag manipulation would be a pain in a modern day handgun and would probably be deemed too dangerous a feature by company lawyers.

  23. But Mae; the Walther Model 4 was more accurate. The .38spl. was developed to pierce car doors, for police use. After that came Whelan, and "Magnum Madness"; which continues to be part of what we "absorb" as we enter the modern gun culture. Before that, people had practical experience; and they knew what I learned as my first English Sentence, " the only three things that count are shot placement, shot placement, and shot placement". ( I grew up in a rather strange family ). The .32 ACP is Lethal. IF you have shot placement; which means accuracy. so enough with the stopping power stuff; okay ? So, in the real world; the Walther model 4 wins. How dead does the guy need to be ? Stopping power ? pffft. There's a guy right now who's alive and working out in the weight room every day in a Federal Prison who was shot point blank right in the middle of his chest. ( He was trying to kill a Police Officer at the time; and it did slow him down a little ). Tests conducted in the Chicago Slaughter yards on full grown cattle; show the .45 Colt Long as the clear winner in one shot put downs; but we're not talking about hand cannons here. It's not an inadequate cartridge. or if it is; then so is the wildly popular 9mm. Parabellum; which is semi-inadequate for any task, in a carbine or pistol.

  24. I'm concerned about trusting the safety with a round in the chamber, mostly because I'm the one that replaced the striker and spring and its perch atop the sear seems tenuous. You speak highly of the safety, am I concerned for nothing?

  25. I'm binge watching. This is great stuff you two! One thing tho, I just can't see going in to the trenches with something this complex. I wonder what the service life of these weapons would have been considering the need for an armorer with parts for 20-30 different SA pistols? Maybe If there was a subscription service that delivered a new pistol every other week? Otherwise I think I'd want a carbine and nothing else to worry about.

    Thanks again. Patreon coming at the end of the binge.

  26. Been shooting, smithing and collecting since the 50's and this is my favaorite….my wife also. We each have one!   Trouble with the open slide, just use a snap cap and slam it in, when your ready….it is.

  27. my 1910/14 must be special, I can just briskly rack the slide back and release it without a magazine inserted and it will return to battery.

  28. This comment is considerably late, but have just recently begun exploring youtube…enjoyed your informative, historical presentation…simple, not overly technical, practical…thank you for your efforts. I hope to view more of your presentations in the future…good job!

  29. Just got one of these. When someone puts that spring attached to the heel release in backwards, it not only disables the hold-open, but makes the gun darned hard to take apart.

  30. Have one that has an issue where it will Occasionally NOT drop the Firing Pin when pulling the Trigger. Not sure what is gong on, I'm thinking a linkage somewhere is worn to where it sometimes scissors instead of linking cleanly.
    Interested to know if anyone else has had this issue…

  31. If I may offer a slight constructive criticism….

    Lighting really needs to be better for things such as disassembly etc.
    The orange background really doesn't lend itself well a well-lit set when it comes to blackened pieces of metal.

    Love the channel though! Keep up the amazing work!!!!

  32. I'm really appreciating your
    3D/ X- Ray styled automations .
    Your Automations are Great Teaching Tools that should be Expanded On. For some reason this type of teaching tool just made it "click". Thank You ✌

  33. My Mauser HSC has the same sort of operation where you have to insert a mag to release the slide. It's really the only downside to it, other then the fact that it's in .32 acp.

  34. I notice that you are using the pejorative politically incorrect term "retarded blowback"! Wouldnt it be better to use, say, something like "speed-challenged blow-back" or "rear-ward impact challenged" instead?
    Love your vids! VERY informative even to an old fart who has long since known it all about guns!.. Keep up the excellent work, you are a good team. Just wondering out loud, would more of Mae draw in more gals to the C&R shooting sports?

  35. You don't have the specs written for the 25cal 4:00 and the 32 at 7:00 not sure if intentionally did that or just forgot. Maybe they didn't have specs for the older cartridges. Anyway, just thought i would mention it

  36. Can you two retards stop talking with your hands … WITH A GUN IN YOUR HAND AT THE SAME TIME???

    Weapon safety rule #1 and #2 fail.

    Delete your account.

  37. Great video man! I own the 1910/14 and am hunting down a 1914. I own 4 .25 acp's and the Mauser spanks all others in accuracy, even my Colts.

  38. You actually can send the slide home without the magazine, you simply have to pull it all the way back and swiftly let it go.

  39. hello!!! super vidéo!! comme d'habitude, pouvez vous me dire lequel des deux pistolets Mauser 1910 en 6,35 et 1914 en 7,65 est le plus dur a trouver?
    merci encore pour les vidéos super instructives

  40. Why they didn't make it a .380 is beyond me. All they would need to do is change the barrel. The same slide, magazine, internal parts, frame would work. Colt, FN, Savage, Walther, Beretta and others did just that with some of their existing .32 ACP pistols and lost one round capacity wise

  41. Dude. I need help. My dad has this gun that he says is a .25 Holts(?) not colt 1914 handgun. We’re looking for a magazine, but I can not find a SINGLE thing ANYWHERE that says holts ever even made handguns. Help. Someone.

  42. Watching Mae and Othias together presents a picture of contrasts. Othais is a picture of knowledgeable, confident, dry, subtle humor. Alternatively, Mae omits most of the humor, replacing it with her own brand of confidence and a strictly business approach. Both are engaging and quite effective. Although I have the greatest respect for me I would be dishonest if I didn't confess that I find Mae distressingly attractive. Sure, anyone can see she's attractive but its her nifty blend of charm, wit, and intelligence that render her presentations so fascinating, especially when compared/contrasted with Othias. They present well together!

  43. This all started with a gift. A 1910/1914 .25 ACP, from a friend. I've never even fired it, but am fascinated with the design. Purchased a .32 ACP on Gunbroker, am waiting delivery to FFL.
    I intend to shoot this one, and am going to school on it with videos such as this one.
    Great video, thumbs up, and subscribed. BTW, Mae is awesome. Not just a cute chick with a gun. She is obviously the real deal!

  44. Just found your channel a few months ago and have been watching new primers, and cherry picking guns I had interest in. Now, I went back to the beginning and have been binging the last 2 days. The content is excellent.
    Also, does anyone else catch themselves waving back sometimes?

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