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Espie Dods Savage .32 pistol and holster which he took to World War 1

.32 Savage semi-automatic pistol 

Type:   Arms and armour

Current Location: Queensland Military Memorial Museum

Period: Between 1907 and 1914

Creator: Savage Arms Company, Utica, NY, USA, c.1914

Where Made: Utica, New York, USA

Description: Engraved "CAPt ESPIE DODS 5th L.H. A.I.F." Semi-automatic pistol with 10 round magazine. There is a safety lever on the left side of the pistol, at the upper rear of the grip. The pistol is prepared for firing by pulling back and releasing the slide, thereby inserting a cartridge into the chamber and cocking the pistol. When the weapon is fired, the recoil automatically extracts and ejects the empty shell,cocks the firing pin and loads another cartridge into the chamber.

This pistol was used in service in the First World War by Joseph Espie Dods, third son of Pat Marks's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (nee Stodart). The .32 Savage semi-automatic pistol had a 10-round magazine and was made by the Savage Arms Company of Utica, New York, from 1907 until about 1920. Designed primarily for civilian use, some 20,000 of them were nonetheless purchased by the French Army between 1914 and 1917.