It would seem almost irresponsible to discuss semiautomatic pistols of the Victorian era without discussing Borchardt C93. The Mauser C96, while innovative, has nothing on the earlier, more eccentric (and complicated) Borchardt design. 

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And then there's the Mondragon rifle 1884/1904. Interesting piece, if'n I do say so myself.

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For folks less familiar with the Borchardt C93. 

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