The Savage automatic pistol is a prototype American pistol. It is notable for being one of the two finalists of the 1907 US Pistol & Revolver Trials.
The Savage pistols were submitted to the US Pistol & Revolver Trials in 1906. Approximately 288 were made, with 200 being made for the trials, though a few guns were damaged or destroyed through odd or unknown means, so Savage had to make more pistols to replace the damaged or destroyed ones which brought the grand total to 288.
After tests were performed on these pistols, the board submitted a report back to Savage, with a list of requests on how to potentially improve the weapon; this culminated in the making of the Model 1910, of which fifteen Model 1907 .45 ACP pistols were modified to Model 1910-specifications. The 1910s performed slightly better than the 1907s. While the Model 1910 pistols were good, they still eventually lost out to the Colt M1907.
As a last-ditch attempt to have their pistol adopted, Savage made the final iteration of the pistol, the Model 1911. That pistol did not get adopted and faded into history. After the trials, 181 of the original 200 Model 1907s were sold to civilians. During the trials, Savage adapted this pistol for the .32 ACP and .380 ACP cartridges and created the hugely successful Savage Model 1907, which was sold to civilians; unlike the pistol the Model 1907 was based on, however, this Model 1907 was not meant to be used by any armies.
The pistols were technically designed by Elbert Searle as he was awarded a patent on November 21, 1905 that became the basis of all Savage pistols.
- Model 1907
The original pistol submitted in 1907.
- Model 1910
The pistol that made it into the finals of the US Pistol & Revolver Trials. Fifteen were made and all were modified from Model 1907s. Most improvements were with the slide.
- Model 1911
Savage's last ditch attempt to get this pistol adopted. This pistol, unlike the 1907 and 1910, was built from the ground up. Only five were built.