The Interesting and Innovative ASP and Devel M39 Compact Combat Pistols

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by David Crane
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Airborne Combat Engineer (ACE) recently posted short articles on a couple of oldies-but-goldies, the ASP pistol (produced by Armament Systems and Procedures–thus the "ASP" acronym) and Devel 39 (a.k.a. Devel M39) pistol.

The ASP pistol was…

designed and developed by Paris Theodore in the early 1970’s. It’s most noteworthy features are it’s compact size, snag-free aspect, "Guttersnipe" sight, and see-through polymer grip panels. The ACE post on the ASP pistol contains a link to a page on J. Deval’s ASP 2000.
Apparently, there’s also a "Quest for Excellence" ASP Special Edition pistol available at

The Devel 39 pistol, built by Charley Kelsey, is similar in configuration to the ASP, except it sports a conventional front-and-rear sight system. The ACE post on the Devel M39 contains a link to a page on 3 of Ken Hackathorn’s Devel pistols.

Kelsey also designed an interesting prototype 155gr (155-grain) .45 ACP bullet called the ".45 ACP Devel 155gr Radially Dynamic Solid Copper Alloy Prototype Bullet Cartridge," before dying myseriously in 2003.

Click here to view Wayne Novak’s Devel pistol collection.

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