Reviving A Steyr 1909 Pocket Pistol

This Steyr 1909 was just too good to be left in the junk bin.

by Sergey Lyalko

Let me start with some thoughts on small pistol history. I have to admit that small pistols and derringers have been fascinating me for a long time. The major wonder of these guns is twofold. First, they are the last resort in self-defense. Second, they have to combine maximum power with the smallest size for better concealment. Over the years these requirements have produced some interesting designs. But what is the small pistol?

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