The Savage 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

(gunshots) (clicking) – The Savage 1907 pistols are
interesting to say the least. The vast majority of early, small caliber self-loaders
were straight blowback but this gun employs a
sort of delayed blowback, rotating barrel system,
which is quite interesting. However, what sold
these guns was capacity. In an era where single
stack pistols were standard, this gun employed a staggered, double-column/single-feed magazine, that offered 10 rounds of .32 on tap or nine rounds of .380,
which was very impressive. Also impressively, the guns
featured no screws at all and even the grips
snapped firmly into place. The bluing, even after a hundred years, looks fantastic on this example and I must say, that I think
these guns look terrific. They also sold quite well, with over 200,000 made in just 12 years. But let’s take a closer look
at some of this gun’s features. First you’ll notice that these striations on the rear of the slide,
to charge the pistol, are quite big and pronounced. It makes racking the slide very easy and it also makes clearing
malfunctions, equally easy. Now it does have a magazine toe release which I really don’t like, maybe it’s that I’m used to either a
traditional magazine release or a heel magazine release, but I suppose they’re thinking was since you had ten rounds,
it didn’t matter much. You can also see here,
how the barrel rotates and delays the opening of
the action just a little bit. Not a lot, but I suppose
it was better than nothing. The gun also does have the appearance of a hammer on the back,
but that’s actually just a mechanism to cock the gun. The safety is also easy to deactivate and you can do it with your right thumb. It can also be used to
retain the slide to the rear if you want to lock it open for cleaning or some other purpose. As mentioned the magazines are staggered, double-column/single-feed, but they’re not staggered as much as a Browning Hi Power
or something like that. So, people generally don’t say this is an early
double-column/single-feed magazine for whatever reason, I’m not sure why. Loading it is just like
a Browning Hi Power or similar
double-column/single-feed magazine. And being as how this is a .380 model, it does hold nine rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. So you still did have a total capacity of 10 rounds and their advertising slogan of, “10 Shots Quick!” Was very suiting and
sold a whole lot of guns, making the Savage
Corporation a lot of money. As an interesting aside, they
also made a couple of these in .45 ACP to compete it against the 1911 in that pistol trial. So let’s shoot it a little bit more. (gunshots) (clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) The trigger on this gun is not too bad and the recoil is not snappy either, or at least not as snappy as other .380s that I’ve messed with,
that are comparably sized. However, I did have a malfunction here. I’ve shot this gun more
than a lot of other guns in the collection of the same vintage and it’s very rare that this
gun doesn’t work as expected. Perhaps it was this type of
ammunition that it didn’t like, but I cleared it, and then it got back ticking and worked just fine. Really it’s an accurate gun, as well. I have no picks with this
gun and while it’s heavier and larger than other
.380s on the market today and probably wouldn’t
be a viable competitor, you certainly wouldn’t be that outclassed if you had to use this in some
sort of altercation today. (clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) (gunshots) (clicking) Proxibid has a lot of upcoming
firearm auctions this weekend and if you’d like to own a Savage 1907, that might be a great
place to look as well. Also a special thank
you to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the
ammunition in our videos. Without them, none of this
would be possible, guys. Also without your continued
viewership and support, it wouldn’t be possible either. So thank you very much for watching and we hope to see you next time.

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