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Semmerlingpistols

SLM1

SLM2

SLM3

SLM4

SXLM

Semmerling LM4
Country of origin

United States

Manufacturer(s)

Semmerling
American Derringer (reproductions)

Designer(s)

Philip R. Lichtman

Production began

Early 1980s

Weapon type

Pistol

Caliber

.45 ACP

Action
  • LM1/LM2/LM3/LM4: Manually-operated, slide action
  • XLM: Semi-automatic
Overall length

3.4 inches (9.4 centimeters)

Weight

1.24 pounds (0.56 kilograms)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

4-round detachable box magazine


The Semmerling LM4 is an American backup pistol.

HistoryEdit

The LM4 is developed from the LM1, LM2, LM3 and XLM models, with LM standing for "Lichtman Model", referring to the designer, Philip Lichtman, who applied for four different patents related to the design. However, the LM4 is the only model available to the public, and distributed in the early 1980s. The LM4 was designed to be a high-powered firearm that was very concealable, so the nominal military caliber of .45 ACP was used. The weapon was made manually operated so as to ensure flawless operation. Due to its high perceived stopping power, the LM4 was even offered to the US Army and government agencies. In 2005, the largest collection of Semmerlings, shown in the photo above, consisting of examples of the LM1, LM2, LM3, LM4 and XLM, along with all prototypes and drawings, was brought and displayed in the Smithsonian from 2005.

Design DetailsEdit

The Semmerling is a manually operated pistol consisting of only 33 parts, including screws.

VariantsEdit

LM1/LM2/LM3/LM4

Manually-operated pistols.

XLM

Prototype version of the pistol meant to function semi-automatically.

ReferencesEdit

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