When the Chinese Arsenals made pistols during the Warlord Era, many of their creations were a hybrid of features liberally borrowed from recognizable Western firearms. This midsized single action blowback is no exception, having a pinned-in-place firing pin retainer that closely mimics the rear of a C96 bolt. The hammer design and head of the safety are also copied from the C96. This pistol is only marked with the serial number that appears on the left side of the slide, frame, and on the magazine floorplate. Rotating safety on left tang. Fitted with wood panels, each secured with two screws and channeled with 5 serrations. Lanyard ring is mounted on the bottom left side of the frame, where, of course, it interferes with grasping. Bottom mounted magazine release to secure single column magazine with 5 transverse indicator holes. This EXACT pistol pictured in “Pistols of the Warlords” text by Ian McCollum on pages 156-157.
Crazy looking Chinese Arsenal, Closed Top, Blowback, Documented, 7.63mm, 212, PCA-162
This pistol contains most of its high polish reblue. Slide has a hairline crack over the top that extends into the left side as photographed. Grips appear to have much of their original finish. Bright bore with shallow etching and easily discernible rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. The cocked hammer needing to be slightly retracted to engage the safety in the same manner as era comparable C96s. A fascinating gun from a fascinating period, now well documented, in a widely distributed book. NOT TO BE FIRED!! NOT TO BE FIRED!! NOT TO BE FIRED!!