Target Pistols – Scheibenpistolen

The following breech systems form a basis in order to categorize the target pistols. Most other systems form sub-categories.

  1. Break-open system – Kipplauf Verschlüsse –  (also known as: Tip-Up, Drop-barrel, Break action)
  2. Hinged falling block – Drehblock Verschlüsse – (also known as: Swinging breech block)
  3. Radial breech block – Radialblock Verschlüsse 
  4. Falling- and Vertical breech block – Vertikal Verschlüsse – (also known as: Falling block)
  5. Rear hinged breech block – Martini/Peabody Verschlüsse
  6. Hammer block (traditional) – Flobert Verschlüsse 
  7. Others
    1. Bold-action system – Zylinder Verschlüsse
    2. Rotating block system – Werndl Verschlüsse
    3. T-block
    4. Roux- and Stevens lock

The above- and various other lesser known breech systems bare testament to the development of single-shot target pistols. Many of these systems were either modified or adjusted from target rifle systems. That’s what makes collecting and studying these pistol systems so interesting: it gives us as collectors an insight into the innovative and artistic minds of its makers and cultural heritage from an by-gone era. The historical references made by these pistols form the basis for many modern systems still in use today.

Break-open systems

Break-open systems

Break-open systems

Break-open systems