Gartman Bantamweight ad literature

Proof-testing American Rifles


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Q: I know that all firearms made in Europe 
and England are proof tested, but also
that no firearm ever made in the U.S.A
has ever been subjected to the same
tests. At least none that I know of. Do
you know of any American firearms that
were proofed?
Harold JanssenA: Funny you should ask me that. But the
only U.S firearm that I know of actually
underwent proof testing was The Gartman
Custom "Bantamweight" back in the 1950s.
The adverts stated "each barrel installed
is proofed at 68,000 to 70,000 psi assuring
the safety of barrel and action." These
ultralight sporters weighed about 3kgs
all-up with scope and mount. The barrels
were skinny and looked to have an integral
brake on the muzzle. But actually the
enlarged section of the barrel was a weight
and not a brake. I believe its purpose was
to dampen barrel vibrations.

 


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