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Erika 4,25mm Pistol

Erika 4,25mm Pistol

Erika's 4,25 caliber mm pistol was developed by designer gunsmith Franz Pfannl from the Austrian city of Krems (Krems) in the year 1912. A gun was offered to the market. weapons as a European multiply-charged counterpart of the American Derringer (Derringer), and positioned as a compact self-defense weapon, designed for both men and women. For the gun was created a special cartridge caliber 4.25 mm. The cartridge was developed in agreement with an enterprise specializing in the production of ammunition - "Hirtenberg." In addition to the 4,25 mm Erika, one of the patron names was 4,25 "Liliput" (Liliput), since under the same cartridge the German arms firm produced a pistol with the name "Liliput".

In the literature, there are other designations of this cartridge: 4,25 mm Erika Selbstlade Pistole; 4,25 mm Menz; 4,25 mm Menz-Liliput; 4.25 LILIPUT AUTO; 4,25 × 10 Lilliput; 4,25 mm Liliput Selbstlade Pistole; SAA 0070, CR 04 010 CGC 010. Cartridges were produced in Austria and Germany.

The layout of the gun was rather strange. A box-shaped removable magazine was located between the handle and the trigger guard. The weapon had automatics, working at the expense of return of a free shutter.

Erika's pistol (Erika) consisted of a frame, a bolt, a barrel unit, parts of a firing mechanism and a body cover, which was fastened with screws on the right side of the frame. The receiver unit was connected with the frame pivotally in the rear part of it and was fixed with a pin in the front part of the frame. The shutter moved between the frame and the upper protruding part of the barrel unit (the cover of the bolt box).

The upper part of the bolt with its protrusion was connected with the guide rod. The guide rod transmitted to the bolt the force of the return spring placed in the tunnel of the barrel unit above the barrel bore.

The bolt on the side had a vertical notch for easy reloading weapons. The trigger mechanism of a pistol of the hammer type, but the trigger is hidden, it is possible to fire the weapon only with a self-platoon.

Eric's pistol fuse (Erika) is mechanical; it can be located both on the right and on the left side of the frame. The safety lock switches the trigger when it is turned on.

Sights are a fixed front sight and a rear sight in the form of a cut in the protruding part of the frame. Shop guns with a capacity of 5 cartridges.

The cheeks are made of ebonite and attached to the frame with screws. On the side surfaces of the handle there is an abbreviation in the form of the initials of the designer Franz Pfannl "FP" or the name of the gun "ERIKA".

On the parts of the weapon there was another marking, which was applied both on the frame of the pistol and on the gate and the receiver unit.

Despite the fact that the gun was advertised as an ideal pocket pistol for hunters, athletes and tourists, as well as a small caliber of weapon, due to the fact that the store was located between the handle and the trigger guard, the weapon turned out to be quite cumbersome. For the same reason, the pistol grip was not very comfortable to hold in hand. Subsequently, the gun was subjected to modernization, the length of the handle and the barrel length changed, but this did not affect the low commercial demand of the weapon and in 1926 the production of the gun was discontinued. The lack of popularity was also caused by weak ammunition. According to contemporaries, a bullet fired even from a short distance was able to enter a dry pine plank only on 40-45mm.

Erika pistol (Erika) was produced in two main versions.

The first “standard” model had a length of 135 mm, a height of 95 mm, a barrel length of 55.9 mm, a thickness of 19 mm with a mass of 250 grams. The barrel bore had six right slots.

The second model is “short.” The gun had a shorter 42 mm barrel, sometimes equipped with a replaceable 105 mm. The length of the Erika pistol “short” model was 116 mm (with a short barrel) and 180 mm (with a long barrel). The height of the second model gun 85 mm, thickness 19 mm, weight 220 grams. The bore also had 6 right-angle rifling. Pistols Erika "short" model are now much less common than the "standard" model.

Pistols were completed with leather cabura. The estimated number of Erika pistols produced is only 3500 units. The small number of pistols produced, the unusual layout of the knots and the external recognition of the weapon gave rise to the demand for Erika pistols among collectors and fans of short-barreled weapons.

In addition, the pistol is also interesting because perhaps the smallest Kolibri automatic pistol was created on its basis.

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  1. makarov
    makarov 8 February 2014 08: 30
    What an absurdity !! Surprised that the merchant was also paid money for "this"? It would be more correct to issue it for free, and even pay to receive it to the buyer. laughing
  2. leonardo_1971
    leonardo_1971 8 February 2014 09: 58
    not a very beautiful gun! Margolin is beauty!
    1. makarov
      makarov 8 February 2014 10: 31
      Margolin is beauty!

      And it is appreciated even more when you consider that the designer was BLIND !!!
    2. Ch0sen1
      Ch0sen1 8 February 2014 15: 48
      "Not very handsome" is putting it mildly, rather a Rare Freak. winked
    3. The comment was deleted.
  3. alex-cn
    alex-cn 8 February 2014 10: 03
    It was fashionable at the beginning of the 20th century to have small pistols. Perhaps the highest manifestation of this was the "shooting ring" from Flaubert's cartridge. What could these "dangerous shooting toys" be, it is not clear, perhaps as a manifestation of "technical achievements"?
    1. Mister X
      Mister X 8 February 2014 19: 03
      Quote: alex-cn
      It was fashionable at the beginning of the 20 century to have small pistols.

      Like revolvers Velodog Francois Galan caliber 5,5 mm.
      In order for cyclists to shoot from stray dogs.

      By the way, in the last photo from the article is a later model of a Hummingbird pistol.

      Here is the Kolibri Mod. Xnumx

      Announcement of those years.
      He was then sold for 2 dollars.
      Now its market value reaches up to 400 dollars.

      1. vanaheym
        vanaheym 9 February 2014 03: 45
        Quote: Mister X
        Now its market value reaches up to $ 400

        Zero skipped - in 2010 "Hummingbird" cost $ 4000 (original)
  4. avt
    avt 8 February 2014 10: 13
    The unit of course ..... ahovy laughing
    Quote: leonardo_1971
    What an absurdity !!

    Perhaps so. And here is the article good great! Great illustrated. High-quality supply of material - to the author plus.
    1. avt
      avt 8 February 2014 15: 49
      Quote: avt
      Quote: leonardo_1971
      What an absurdity !!

      request It is strange how the quote popped up under another authorship. I actually took it from
      Quote: makarov
      What an absurdity !!
  5. Bosk
    Bosk 8 February 2014 11: 12
    A good example of a pistol for relaxation, people loved in those days without going outside to shoot in the hall on a teddy bear ...
    1. alexey garbuz
      alexey garbuz 8 February 2014 22: 23
      Yes. Mother-in-law at this moment might not be present.
  6. Obscurantism
    Obscurantism 8 February 2014 17: 54
    I personally was reminded of a small pistol that rested against the back of the barrel in the hand, and did not have a handle, forgot what is called (
  7. bootlegger
    bootlegger 8 February 2014 22: 06
    Good thing for self defense!
    The main thing is not to forget to cut the fly! laughing
    1. Bosk
      Bosk 8 February 2014 23: 07
      Well, I would not say if you say such a bullet to a bully in a "soft muscle" I think he will not become kinder and passive ...
  8. Astrey
    Astrey 9 February 2014 00: 59
    Very funny and a little interesting weapon. It seems that his main advantage is the pleasure of shooting.
  9. uzer 13
    uzer 13 9 February 2014 04: 22
    Similar designs of pistols were produced earlier, in large calibers (Bergman is the same of the earlier releases). It was obvious that they were inconvenient for use. This was the period when the basic basic designs of the pistol were worked out. Later it was experimentally established that the cartridges small calibers are unsuitable for self-defense. (this does not apply to modern cartridges with ultra-high speed bullets) Such pistols could not create any alternative to derringers, since the derringer was originally created as a compact tool self-defense, with a powerful charge and with a large damaging factor.
  10. golova74
    golova74 24 June 2014 20: 52
    More than a weird barrel Starting from the look to the caliber