Please help ID this old Savage pistol

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  1. GarySTL

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    A friend's daughter inherited this Savage from a relative and I'm trying to find more about it. I do not have access to the gun as it's several states away.

    With Savage on the grip I'm assuming it's one of theirs. I'd be interested in Model #, caliber, and possible age.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Looks to be a Savage 1917.

    Made from 1920-1926 in .32acp, and 1920-1928 in .380acp.
     
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    I managed to find some google images and it could be a 1905 or 1907 model. They all look a lot alike to me. I don't know if there are any markings for caliber etc.
     
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    Nope, that grip is the 1917 version. Most likely 32acp, 10 +1. Possibly 380 9+1.

    Great guns. Motto was "Ten shots quick." The first high cap mag semi-automatic. Striker fired, what looks like a hammer is a manual striker cocking lever.

    Also the serial number is usually on the front of the frame.

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    A typical 1907. Note the hammer and grip panel. The hammer that is really a lever for cocking a striker is rounded on most 1907s.
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    Lastly, the pistol on the far right has the spur-type hammer that was always available as an option, but became standard on the final variants of the 1907 and was continued on the Model 1917.
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    The Savage automatics were very well made guns, and the 10 shot magazine was a plus. The trigger mechanism was a bit delicate and finicky. Old gun books said that if heavily used, they could start to fire more than one shot per trigger pull. I don't recall seeing this in newer works.

    The thing that looks like a hammer is not a hammer. It is a cocking piece attached to the striker (this is a striker fired gun). When the striker is down, apparently the tip of it rests directly on the primer of the cartridge in the firing chamber, which is not good. It is better to keep it "cocked and locked" if it is loaded.

    They are not very hard to take apart. You lock the slide to the rear with the safety catch, pull the cocking piece back as far as it will go, and rotate the rear part of the slide, which is the bolt + striker assembly, about 90 degrees. You can then pull it out to the rear and take the slide off to the front by releasing the safety catch. IIRC, the trigger bar can fall out now, so watch it.

    This one is a 32ACP, unless my sense of proportion is really shot. Early on, Savage had ammunition made under its own name, so you can find some rounds marked "32 ASP", for "Automatic Savage Pistol". They are not common.

    barnetmill's second photo above shows all three models of the Savage pistol. The middle gun, with the concealed "hammer" and the grip safety (and last-shot hold-open) is the Model 1915, which was made for just one year (which was 1916, for some reason, just like your Model 1917 did not go into production until 1920). The 1917's were made in smaller numbers than the 1908, and the 1915 is the really rare one.
     
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    I've got a 1907 ... cool pistol.
     
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    I appreciate all the information. I knew the answers would be found here and was not disappointed.

    I'll pass the information along to the current owner's Dad.

    Thanks again.
     
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