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Back to the range again with the Walther Model 4. Still trying to get the rear sight adjusted but today was really really close. I think I'll stick with this position for awhile and maybe adjust the old eyes instead. This little pistol still has one of the best SA triggers I've ever found; a slight take up and then a crisp break. Almost no travel period.


Another 32 was a CZ 50 DA/SA that is simply a joy to shoot that has a safety/decocker. It is the only one with the button mag release.


The third pistol was another SA, an Italian Bernardelli Model 60. The Bernardelli may be the most accurate of the whole herd of 32s and likes to play neatly around pretty red marks. It's a smaller gun, Walther PPK, Sig P230, CZ 50 or Makarov size and basic shape and weighs in right at a pound and a half. It does not have a decocker but does have a really well designed half cocked position, a manual safety and a magazine safety. The Model 60 was one of the guns that failed to meet the requirements of the 1968 Gun Control Act but was remade with a Fuggly "Target Grip" and a set of rear adjustable sights that hung out over the frame and a totally unnecessary safety/decocker and renamed the Model 80.




 

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Thanks for the Walther pic. I was scratching my head over “Model 4” (not that I am an expert) but now I have more knowledge in my little brain.
 

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Thanks for the Walther pic. I was scratching my head over “Model 4” (not that I am an expert) but now I have more knowledge in my little brain.

The Walther Model 4 was at the time the BIG pistol in their lineup, designed for Military and Police use during WWI. But it's also a classic example of working with what you have.

At the time Walther was making sporting rifles and had just gotten into the civilian self protection market with some really tiny 25 acp vest pocket pistols. Their largest was the Model 3 that was about the size of the base frame of the Model 4.

Walther did not want to invest in a whole new milling operation to make larger frames and slides so instead they lengthened the barrel, extended the grip to hold a longer magazine and added the far cheaper stamped steel extension to cover the longer barrel and make the sight radius longer. It's a simple bayonet mounted extension.

Here is the little Model 4 with the much larger Walther made P38:


And the Model 4 field stripped:

The Model 4 is an internal hammer fired pistol and the safety positively locks the seer as well as the trigger. It's a very robust system.

The recoil spring as in most blow back designs fits around the barrel with the collar mating with the barrel at the chamber end. If you look in the ejection port seen below you can see the collar itself.


To field strip you just push in the extension and turn. The extension comes off and then you can pull out the spring and collar. Then pull the frame fully rearward and lift up at the back and slide off.

The magazine holds 8 7.65 (32 acp) rounds and one in the chamber.
 
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