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M. Zulaica y Cia Royal 7.65 Pistol questions.

Article about: Hello. This pistol was recently donated to the German Town Veterans memorial museum in Germantown, OH, USA. The Pistol was brought back by a Veteran in who served in the Pacific theater duri

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    Hello. This pistol was recently donated to the German Town Veterans memorial museum in Germantown, OH, USA.
    The Pistol was brought back by a Veteran in who served in the Pacific theater during WWII, And donated to the Museum along with his other items. It was likely Liberated off a Japanese Officer in the Philippians.
    However, we know very little about it.
    It is obviously a Spanish browning copy, But it holds 12 .32 Auto's in a single-stack magazine, Giving it an awkward appearance.
    All we know is they were made in Spain during the inter-war period, (1920s most likely) And were bought by Japanese officers in some quantity. I was hoping someone could provide me with some information on When and how many were made, and who made them.
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    Regards, Andrew Stickley.

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    Hello Andrew, Your title basically answers your own question as to who made this pistol. It was, of course, made by Zulaica y Cia in Eibar, Spain. These long gripped 32 automatics were made in the 1st half of the 20th century, as you stated, and were sold and shipped all over the World, but primarily to the European nations and the US as well, so the piece that you have there may or may not be Japanese used. It's an intriguing story, but it could just as easily have been a pistol from right here in the States. They were cheaply made little guns and were cranked out at a tremendous production rate. They came out in a bewildering number of varieties and a huge number of manufacturers-all very Similar but no parts were interchangeable! Yours looks to be in remarkably nice condition as opposed to that as usually seen. Here is a website that should tell you about everything that you would like to know about this odd little gun:
    Spanish Eibar/Ruby Pistols Forgotten Weapons
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    Hello Andrew, Your title basically answers your own question as to who made this pistol. It was, of course, made by Zulaica y Cia in Eibar, Spain. These long gripped 32 automatics were made in the 1st half of the 20th century, as you stated, and were sold and shipped all over the World, but primarily to the European nations and the US as well, so the piece that you have there may or may not be Japanese used. It's an intriguing story, but it could just as easily have been a pistol from right here in the States. They were cheaply made little guns and were cranked out at a tremendous production rate. They came out in a bewildering number of varieties and a huge number of manufacturers-all very Similar but no parts were interchangeable! Yours looks to be in remarkably nice condition as opposed to that as usually seen. Here is a website that should tell you about everything that you would like to know about this odd little gun:
    Spanish Eibar/Ruby Pistols Forgotten Weapons
    Thank you.
    This is infact a bring back gun, and comes complete with a Hand-made holster. We aren't sure where it was captured, though.

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