Maker: Pistor & Kost
Model: Aydt Scheibenpistole
Barrel length: 300mm
The firm of Pistor & Kost originated in 1745 in the German city of Schmalkalden, which was renowned for its high quality hunting, military, and target arms. It was liquidated in 1854. The remaining premises were moved and in 1873 taken over by the brothers Simon, which lasted until 1927 when the doors closed to the oldest gun makers from the German Thuringia area.
These types of target pistols were first seen in the Pistor & Kost catalog of 1913. The pistol we see here has a typical Aydt locking system, but with a distinctive internal coil spring which powered the hammer. The system was already patented in 1908 by the Bernhard Bader & Grosch firm and, although we see it used in this pistol, the details are different.
Please refer to our book “German, Austrian and Swiss Target Pistols” p.32
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