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Old April 7, 2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Thew new addition... Savage Model 1907 .32 Auto

So I got a phone call from my dad last fall. He was out in AZ visiting my brother and had decided he wanted a .380 "pocket pistol". He saw something he liked at a LGS there and was considering trading in this "old gun" that had belonged to his father. My brother, fortunately, was with him and said that maybe he should call me first before he traded it away...
After I recovered from the near heart attack, I told him whatever the gun shop was offering, I'd add $100 and pay to have it shipped to my FFL guy.
Being family of course, he said if he had realized I was interested he would have just sent it on to me, keep it in the family.

So here it is... a Savage Model 1907 in .32 Auto. More info about this piece can be found at: http://www.vintagepistols.com/1907/index.htmlhttp://. Some interesting history there! Evidently this design was Savage's submission to the US Military and they had made prototypes chambered in .45ACP.

According to the serial number, my gun was manufactured in the year of 1912.



I remember this little gun being my Grandpa's "travelin' gun". He had a holster bolted to the side of the footwell in his camper truck and he kept it there whenever he and Grandma would travel or go camping up in the mountains. Legal? Dunno... but times were different back in the 70's.

Once it made it up here to my FFL and the paperwork/wait period had been dealt with, I brought it home, field stripped and cleaned it all up and took it to the range.

The little thing shoots wonderfully. It's more accurate than I am, and even with the teeny little sights I was able to hit a 2 liter bottle consistently at 50 yards. Recoil is almost non existent.
Proper grip is essential though, as slide bite is always lurking! See pics below.










The only issue I have with the gun is the magazine spring is really weak, sometimes it has trouble feeding the last round. If anyone knows of a source for replacement springs, please let me know!
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Old April 7, 2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Couple more pics



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Old April 7, 2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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I'm envious! I'd love to own one of those.
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Old April 7, 2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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Now, that's a gun! Thanks for posting.
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Old April 7, 2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thanks! It is indeed an interesting and fun to shoot little gun. My own little slice of history.
Evidently Savage also chambered this in .380 later in it's production, I'd like to find and acquire one.
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Old April 7, 2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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Little guns

I love those little guns and I have some also. I have two Remington 51's, PPK/S and Browning 1910 all in .380. They all kick because of being blowback pistols. That is except the Remington with is a Locked Breech. The PPK/S kicks the most but I feel more sure it is going to fire and not let me down ever.

I have refiained from purchasing one of these Savages a number of times. Maybe soon it will come to me.
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Old August 19, 2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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Savage pistols

I have a collection of five 1907's (two in 380) and four 1917's (two in 380).They are great little shooters. If you need a mag spring, you can get Makarov mags easily and those springs work fine.
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Old August 19, 2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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Re: Thew new addition... Savage Model 1907 .32 Auto

Thanks for that tip!
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Old August 19, 2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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I inherited one from my dad, when he passed in '87, and I've never shot it. It might be time.
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Old August 19, 2013, 06:00 PM   #10
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He had a holster bolted to the side of the footwell in his camper truck and he kept it there whenever he and Grandma would travel or go camping up in the mountains. Legal? Dunno... but times were different back in the 70's.
I'm sure that it was legal. Times were different then, and most of what is considered illegal today was perfectly legal back then. I bought my first firearm at age 12, in 1965, I handed the counter guy $87.50 and he handed me a NIB Winchester shotgun. He put the receipt in the box and handed it to me. No background checks, no nothing. I strapped it across the handlebars of my bicycle and pedaled home. Can you imagine the outrage that would cause today? Back in those days, no problem.

Very nice handgun. Wear well.
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Old August 19, 2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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Please be careful if you feel you have to remove the grips. They are hard rubber (gutta percha) which becomes brittle over time and can crack easily.

The grips are held on by the top and bottom sliding into cuts in the frame, then lugs in the stocks dropping into cuts at the back. To remove the grips, it is best to remove the magazine and insert a finger into the magazine well, and gently push outward at the back while pushing the grip rearward with the other hand. But if there is any indication of cracking, stop and let it go.

There are repro grips, but the originals are always better.

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Old August 20, 2013, 02:19 PM   #12
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Glad it was kept in the family..

Here look at the auction of a early 45acp prototype submitted for testing.

http://www.rockislandauction.com/vie...id/55/lid/3724

Also here is a nice webpage with exploded diagrams

http://www.vintagepistols.com/1907/1917manual.html

still looking for your mag spring, yeah I saw that
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Old August 20, 2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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Re: Thew new addition... Savage Model 1907 .32 Auto

That's a really cool little gun there! I like the rest of your collection as well, you've got good taste!
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Old August 20, 2013, 02:58 PM   #14
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Re: Thew new addition... Savage Model 1907 .32 Auto

Kev: Yep there's some good stuff on the vintage site. I have all the old advertisements. Good stuff!

Erikbal: thanks!
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