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  • Walther P88

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    The Walther P88 is a semiautomatic pistol developed by the Walther company of Germany in 1988, hence the model name P88. Its main feature is a high-capacity double-stacked magazine designed for military and law enforcement use. In 1996, Walther discontinued the pistol in favour of the slightly lighter and smaller P88 Compact, which was also cheaper to manufacture. The Walther P88 is highly prized among collectors and sport shooters due to its superb accuracy ( groups at ) and high-quality construction.

  • SIG Sauer P239

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    The SIG Sauer P239 is a semi-automatic pistol designed and manufactured by SIG Sauer, GMBH and SIG Sauer, Exeter, NH. It is offered in three calibers: 9×19mm Parabellum, .357 SIG and .40 S&W. With an overall length of 168 mm (6.6 in) and height of 132 mm (5.2 in), and weighing approximately 710–770 g (25–27 oz) empty (depending on caliber), the P239 has become popular in the United States as a concealed carry pistol. The included single-stack magazine has a capacity of 8 rounds (9×19mm) or 7 rounds (.357 SIG or .40 S&W). As of 2018 it has been discontinued in the US market.

  • Pistol slide

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    A SIG Sauer P226 with slide closed (top) and opened (bottom). On the bottom view, slide is locked in place by the slide stop. The slide is the part on a majority of semi-automatic pistols that moves during the operating cycle and generally houses the firing pin/striker and the extractor, and serves as the bolt. It is spring-loaded so that once it has moved to its rearmost position in the firing cycle, spring tension brings it back to the starting position chambering a fresh cartridge during the motion provided that the magazine is not empty. Through the principles of recoil or blowback operation, the slide is forced back with each shot. Generally, this action serves three purposes: ejecting the spent casing, cocking the hammer or striker for the next shot, and loading another cartridge into the chamber when the slide comes forward. On most designs, once the magazine and chamber both are empty, the slide will lock back, released only when the slide stop is depressed; if a new magazine is inserted before the slide stop is depressed then a new cartridge will be chambered. Automatically cocking the hammer or striker is an important function of double-action / single-action pistols.

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