Ian, the keeper of the flame over at Forgotten Weapons, who has likely seen more questionable steel than a Detroit scrap yard owner, brings us what he feels is the perfect specimen of Chinese counterfeit pistols.
What is a ChiMystPist you ask?
Well in a nutshell, these guns were products of the cottage industry that arose in old pre-Communist China from about 1890-1950 where your local neighborhood gunsmith would pop out modern art masterpieces that contained several handgun-like properties. And to make sure they got top yuan for their wares, they were not above counterfeiting popular brands, styles, and logos to garner a little extra coin.
I know, hard to believe, right?
Anyway, Ian carefully dissects the hunk of steel and partially moving parts with the eye of a paleontologist searching through the dust to identify a fossil he has never seen before.
Let’s go through the checklist:
-Has a hammer but is actually striker-fired and the hammer is non-functional? Check!
-Has the appearance of sights graduated in incredibly optimistic ranges but has no actual adjustment? Check!
-Bonus for the sights actually lining up? Not earned.
-The words “patent” and fake proof marks from multiple countries with no reason? Oh, you know that’s a check!
-And guess where the barrel is? Extra credit if you get it right before you watch the video.
In all, give the video a try and never look down on a factory-made handgun again.
At least you know more about the rare “Patent Patent Patent Brevet Brevet Brevet Bulls-eye” brand of pistol moving forward.
Our guess? Lo Pan conjured it up before he left for San Francisco.