White's experiments in handgun design did not begin with the White-Merrill 1907 submitted to US handgun trials. In 1905 he submitted a patent (https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/3fb5aa5e8ce2707ba5c6/US888560.pdf) for features in these two .38 caliber semiauto prototype pistols. These are both short recoil actions, one with a C96-like locking block and one with a rotating barrel. They are both unusual designs, and pretty interesting to look at...
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