SOLD FOR: $915.00
Make: The Reising Arms Company
Model: .22 Target Automatic Pistol
Serial Number: 2816
Year of Manufacture: 1921
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle. This pistol is said to work perfectly with sub-sonic ammo. Warnings have been made that the pistol’s slide may crack if modern high speed .22 Long Rifle ammunition is used extensively.
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol with Tip-Down Barrel, Magazine Safety Disconnect and Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “PATENTED MAY 16-1916 / OTHER PATENTS PENDING” The top of the barrel is marked “22 LONG RIFLE CTG.” The left side of the barrel is marked “THE REISING ARMS CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame in front of the trigger guard is marked with the serial number. Each grip panel is marked “REISING / IT’S A BEAR” around an embossed bear.
Barrel Length: 6 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small blade which is adjustable for elevation pinned to a boss at the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch drift-adjustable for windage dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece checkered wood with oak leaf accents at the grip screws. The grips show light wear with slightly smoothed but well defined checerking. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored Barrel Lever.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is a bit of wear to the finish on the right side of the slide as from resting the trigger finger there while not firing. Finish is very lightly thinning on the sharper edges. The frontstrap has a few light marks as does the butt at th rear. The trigger, hammer, slide and barrel exhibit light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp, the pin heads unmarred. The markings are clear and crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly and features a magazine safety disconnect. The frame and slide were carefully inspected and we did not see any cracks. The slide-to-frame fit shows little play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Please note, this pistol should only be used with sub-sonic or standard velocity rounds, not high-velocity. High-velocity rounds are likely to crack the frame and/or slide and render the pistol unsafe to fire.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 14-round magazine. The magazine is unfinished on the top 3/4″ and exhibits light operational wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition. This magazine will not be included for a winning bidder who resides where it may not be transferred.
Our Assessment: The Reising pistol was the product of Eugene G. Reising, a design engineer employed by Colt in the very early twentieth century. Reising worked directly for John Browning during the development of the 1911 pistol. Leaving Colt and venturing forth on his own, he received a patent for a new .22 pistol on May 16, 1916 and formed the Reising Arms Company in Hartford, Conn. in 1920, moving it to New York City in 1922. There are only 5,000 of these pistols in existence. They are said to be one of the most accurate and comfortable .22 semi-automatic pistols made. The only shame is that the “High Capacity” 14-round magazine cannot be transferred to a California resident. This pistol is in Fine condition with approximately 95% of its polished blue finish remaining and wear consistent with responsible use. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CANNOT be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. The 14 round magazine CANNOT be transferred to a California buyer. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents. The 14-round magazine cannot be transferred to a resident of any state with magazine capacity restrictions which would prevent its legal transfer.