Formed in West Jordan, Utah in 1968, L.A.R. busied itself with bolt action rifles and upper receiver assemblies for AR-15 style carbines until SHOT Show 1983, when they appeared in Dallas with eight different caliber conversion units for M1911 pistols, and a gun they tentatively called the Grizzly Winchester Magnum, or GWM. Designed by L.A.R. owner Heinz Augat and Perry Arnett, who held accurizing patents for M1911 style handguns, the Grizzly was something special.
Like 6.5-inch extended barrel, .45 Winchester Magnum kinda special.
How about a 27-pound recoil spring?
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IF you know what these are, we can be friends.
Just kidding, we are always friends. With that being cleared up, note all the little differences between these “GI .45s”
To check your knowledge: On the left is a Union Switch & Signal company-produced M1911A1 from 1943, made for the U.S. Army in Swissvale, Pennsylvania. On the right, a Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk-made M/1914 from 1925, made for the Royal Norwegian Army in Oslo.
Don’t let the slide markings fool you, both are in .45ACP, and both likely saw service in WWII.
I recently got to handle a few of each in our vault and put together a little article on these more uncommon Government Issue .45s. Check it out in my column at Guns.com
So recently I have been researching one downright weird friggen wheel gun.
*20-shot cylinder with a loading gate.
*11mm/.45cal (ish) chamber.
*No grip or stock.
*A long pry-bar shaped trigger with a rope hole in the bottom.
*Belgian proofs that date between circa 1893 and 1911.
I was able to find two clues throughout gun history where other people have encountered such a beast in the wild.
A 1927 Bannerman’s military surplus catalog listing to a rare revolver “found in a Paris gunshop.”
And a 2007 Hermann Historika listing in Germany of an “Unbekannter Grabenrevolver(?),” which translates roughly to an unknown trench/turret revolver (?). Other than the fact it is a top break, it is a dead ringer.
You know when they use the term “unknown” in a two-word title, and end it with a question mark, something bananas is going on.
So what is it?
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