JO.LO.AR. - ONE HANDED CALVARY PISTOL - WEIRD COLLECTABLE!!!
EXTREMELY COLLECTABLE FIREARM!!! FUN TO SHOOT!!!
"The JO.LO.AR. pistol, like car phones or the portable record player, fits the profile of an invention that seemed a whole lot more clever on paper than it was in actuality. That doesn’t change how undeniably weird and cool-looking it is."
"Back in 1919, a Spanish gun dealer named Jose Lopez Arnaiz (see what he did there? JO.LO.AR.) came up with the best solution ever for a problem that never really existed. He believed his invention—a steel lever screwed into the slide of a semi-automatic pistol—would turn a conventional handgun into a dexterous weapon capable of effortless one-handed operation. In simpler terms, armed with a pistol of his design, you could rack the slide—chambering the first round if you were carrying without one in the tube—using only the pointer and middle fingers of your shooting hand. Living during a time when horse-mounted cavalry still seemed a viable force on the battlefield (one could assume they rode with one hand on the reins, the other on their sidearm), Arnaiz was certain his invention would succeed commercially. After securing a patent, Arnaiz sought out a deal with Hijo de Calixto Arrizabalaga, a Spanish gunmaker. The management at Arrizabalaga liked the idea of the JO.LO.AR., but were in no mood for taking a huge risk on it. Their ‘Sharp Shooter’ line of blowback-operated pistols had a history of poor sales, making it the perfect candidate for an experimental improvement..."
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