Sold For: 1,525
Model: 100, Free Pistol
Serial Number: 358
Year of Manufacture: 1950-1956 (likely closer to 1950 given the serial number)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Shot Lever Operated Pivoting Breechblock (Similar to Martini-Henry)
Markings: The left rear of the barrel is marked “358”, also found marked on the left of the trigger. The left of the receiver is marked “Haemmerli & Cie A.G. / Lenzburg – Schweiz”. There is a Haemmerli hammer logo on the top of the chamber ring.
Barrel Length: 11 1/4”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a replaceable blade in-line dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The release for the blade is in the front of the base and an additional blade is included. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base fixed to the top-rear of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are four-piece walnut with checkered schnabel forend, two-piece contoured target grip with adjustable palm-shelf on the right, thumb-shelf on the left, trigger finger-groove on the right, and checkering on the left panel below the thumb-shelf. The stocks show minor handling wear with only a few scattered light marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. The trigger guard has light handling wear. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger, which is adjustable, is extremely light and crisp. Once the action is closed and locked via a lever at the bottom of the grip, a second lever on the left side of the receiver is used to set the trigger. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a Hammerli range case with green fabric-lined interior, stand for the pistol and lidded accessory compartment. In the compartment is a small tin holding the replacement front sight, some small screws and springs, and there is a leaf spring with roller included. The case has scattered wear from storage and transport, in about Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment:The ISSF 50 meter pistol competition was formerly and is still unofficially often called “free pistol”. It is the purest precision shooting among the pistol events, and is one of the oldest shooting types, dating back to the 19th century and only having seen marginal rule changes since 1936. The pistol used must be in caliber .22 Long Rifle ammunition, may only be loaded with one round at a time, and have conventional “open” or “iron” sights (i.e. optical and laser sights are not allowed). It must also be held and operated by one hand, and not supported by any other part of the shooter’s body. Apart from that, there are practically no rules for the pistol. This is a Haemmerli model 100 free pistol, complete with Hammerli range case. The pistol has a pivoting breechblock controlled by a lever sticking out of the bottom of the grip and a separate lever for setting the trigger. As currently adjusted, the trigger is extraordinarily light and crisp. The pistol is in about Fine condition with about 97% of its metal finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. If you are looking for the ultimate in accuracy out of a single shot target pistol, you shouldn’t have to look any farther. The trigger breaks so lightly all you have to do is breath on it. Hammerli has been making some of the finest target pistols in the world for the better part of a century and this pistol has that old-world quality of 1950s Swiss manufacturing. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.