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european handgun w/ grip safety

rdgshdwerdgshdwe Member Posts: 41 ✭✭
edited June 2010 in Ask the Experts
Got into a conversation with a customer today about different things.

can anyone think of any European handgun (besides the early Luger, Or something designed by John Browning) That had a grip safety?

Cause it seems like the Grip Safety is a American only thing....

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    tinmanjjtinmanjj Member Posts: 81 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    german ortgies has a grip safety
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    Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,370 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    There is the current production XD out of Croatia.
    Older guns seen in leafing quickly through Ezell include the Frommer Stop and Hungarian M37, the Schwartzlose blowforward, the Astra 400 and relatives, and the .455 Webley.

    How many non-Browning grip safety guns are American things?
    Remington model 51, 1907 Savage .45 and 1915 hammerless .380; S&W .35 and .32 autos, current M945 and M952.
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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    Ortgies and HK P-7
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    beantownshootahbeantownshootah Member Posts: 12,776 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Ever hear of the Croatian HS2000?

    650px-Pi%C5%A1tolj_HS_2000.jpg


    In the USA this exact same gun is marketed as the "Springfield XD". . .I hear its fairly popular [;)].

    xd.jpg

    As a second one, technically Russia is part of Asia, not Europe, but lots of people refer to it as "Eurasia" so maybe this may count:

    http://hunting.about.com/library/weekly/aasteaaizh35ma.htm
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    beantownshootahbeantownshootah Member Posts: 12,776 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Again, Israel is technically in Asia, though the country does lie near the intersection of Europe, Africa, and Asia and most of its inhabitants are of European descent.

    Israeli weapons designer Uziel Gal (nee Gotthard Glas) was actually German; as a Jew he escaped Germany during the Nazi rise, eventually to make his way to then Palestine (eventually Israel):

    So the pistol version of the famous Israeli Uzi submachine gun has a grip safety:
    uzi-pistol2.gif
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