By Lars Dalseide | December 27 2012 16:27

Colt 1911 inspired pistols from Norway and Great Britain appearing live on NRA News

Webley-Scott .455 semiautomatic revolver form 1912

Alexandria, Virginia - There's a special tonight on NRANews. For there won't be a gun tonight on Curator's Corner ... there will be two. And it's all happening live.

"(Executive Producer) John Popp called to ask for something special," said Philip Schreier, Senior Curator at the NRA National Firearms Museum. "So I'm firing up the wagon and bringing over a twofer."

In the first segment, Schreier plans to present the Norwegian Model 1914 pistol. A M1911 patterned pistol, the Norwegian Model 1914 came about by way of a licensing deal with Colt. Manufactured at Norway's Kongsberg factory, there were approximately 30,000 of the pistols made until the German's call it quits in 1945.

Norwegian 1911 style 1914 pistol - licensed by Colt

Segment number two calls for, well, I'll leave that one up to Phil.

"One of the ugliest, boxy, cookie cutter monstrosities the world has ever seen."

Or for those of you playing at home, the Webley & Scott Model 1912 Mark I .455 semi-automatic pistol.

Issued primarily to Naval and Horse Artillery units (there's a combination), a single look explains why Schreier considers this particular piece of British to fall under the monstrosity category. With 7 rounds in the magazine and 720 foot per second muzzle velocity, a big problem on the battlefield was the residue created when firing the cordite cartridges.

Until then, most of the handguns were revolvers hence there was little to no cleaning. Apply the same logic to the semiautomatic and you get a jam instead of a bam.

So tune in tonight, at, to see Schreier and his 1911 inspired twofer. Live in studio to close out the year ... it's a Phil-a-palooza.


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