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You Have to See One of the Earliest Subcompact Pistols, the ASP

Subcompact pistols are all the rage now with many models available.

This was not always the case and for concealed carry people got creative.

Ian from Forgotten Weapons examines an early subcompact pistol named the ASP.

Back in the 1970s, there was a need for a concealable 9mm pistol that could be brought to bear on target quickly. The ASP was born.

This Teflon coated pistol started life as a regular Smith and Wesson Model 39 pistol but was cut down to a smaller form. Edges were smoothed out and the grips were made from clear Lexan so the shooter can count how many bullets were left.

Subcompact pistols are all the rage now. Many companies now offer many models today and those pistols have come a long way since the ASP pistol.

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You Have to See One of the Earliest Subcompact Pistols, the ASP