Sokolovsky Automaster

Rolls Royce of .45 Auto Pistols

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Marketed between 1984 and 1990 as the "Rolls Royce of .45 Auto Pistols," the Sokolovsky Automaster was designed by Paul Sokolovsky of Sunnyvale, California. NRA Museums special projects coordinator Ernie Lyles shows John Popp that the industrial-design inspired gun has no visible pins or screws. The magazine release and safety are cleverly disguised as smaller triggers on either side of the real trigger. Less than 50 of the competition guns were made, starting at $3,300 apiece. See both the prototype and the production model of this rare gun at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Season 11