Author: Warren H. Buxton
Publisher: Ucross Books, Jan 2004
Russell Catron was the first American to design & manufacture a double action pistol in either center fire or rim fire cartridges. Russell's designs passed into obscurity with no military or commercial success & remained completely unknown until the publication of this book. 170 B&W illus.; 8.5x11 inches, 224 pgs.
History of innovative and advanced automatic pistols and a rifle designed and manufactured in the 1930-1950 era. Russell Catron is an unknown American designer who was in advance of his time and out of step with his time. The U.S. military tested his weapons on several occasions and he held patents with Winchester and worked with Colt. The U.S. Marines thought highly of his designs and weapons ideas; his designs were centered around the "family" concept of weapons and on innovative production techniques that were of interest to the military. He was the first American to design and manufacture a double action pistol in either center fire or rim fire cartridges. Russell's designs passed into obscurity with no military or commercial success and remained completely unknown until the publication of this book.
Unusual personalities, flawed business practices and shadown backgrounds add to this very interesting and bizarre story. The proprietary Catron center fire cartridges and shotshells are also discussed. A brief history of the Kimball pistol, a contemporary to the Catron desgn, is also presented, although brief, it is the most extensive yet written on this weapon. John Kimball and his pistols also quickly passed into obscurity though the Kimball design was slightly more successful than was Carton's. Other pistols discussed are the Colt T4, High-Standard T3 and Kramer, and all of these were contemporary to the Catron designs.