All of these WWI period Ruby pistols were pretty much the same in design but some were of good quality, relatively speaking. Astra made them and they were probably the best of the lot. They were purchased in large quanties during WWI by France and probably other countries who were desperate and then spent the next 20 or 30 years being sold and resold around Europe as surplus weapons. Most buyers sold them as soon as they could and they ultimately ended up on the US surplus market where anything will sell, no matter how bad it is.
Shoot low, sheriff. They're riding Shetlands!
Underneath the starry flag, civilize 'em with a Krag,
and return us to our own beloved homes!
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