Here’s a seriously cool, rare firearm. Cal. 45 ACP Pistol hand built by George A. Wilson of Pennsylvania back in the 1960’s. Mr. Wilson, a designer for High Standard, designed & patented this pistol and was granted a patent in 1961. He had built SN 1 back in 1959 and used it to win an NRA tournament. Only 3 were built in total.
The first thing one notices about the firearm is the compact, in-line configuration. The action can be described as  “a pivoting wedge to lock, somewhat like a Walther P38”. The layout of this pistol is very unusual (to say the least) and has a number of unique features. The slide mostly sits well towards the front and was designed with a super short breech face that allows for the action to recoil directly back in-line with the shooter’s hand. This design requires the entire fire control group and hammer to sit nestled in-between the front of the magazine and the breech. When the hammer is down an inclined section of it serves as the feed ramp (!) This and many other features make it difficult to describe the construction because it deviates so thoroughly from what most of us are used to. The patent is well worth checking out: NO. 2, 975, 680