In a discussion in comments at a Tam, post, the Empress of Snark quoted someone as saying,
"...most British handguns looked like they had been designed by someone who had not only never held a handgun before, but didn't like them very much, either.
I had the audacity to respond,
"The "never held one" comment is clever, but wrong, if you've ever actually used one yourself. Until the mid 20th century, British handguns were the best, or as good as the best, personal self defense tools available.
(Given the ammunition and state of reliability gunsmithing the time.)
Pick a date between 1800 and the end of the first German war, and a pistol from Britain would probably be your first or as good as your first choice.
Not surprising, British officers were doing a lot of defending themselves during that period and they shared their experiences.
Most people don't know it, but Britain produced almost all the "how to" fighting handgun literature in the 19th century, too. Obvious, really- those frontier subalterns and deputy collectors were both literate and literary.
Those Americans who were pistol fighting in the same period didn't much run to letters, magazine articles, and books."
Since gun nuts like pointless controversy, I thought I'd put it up here in case any one wants to discuss it.