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Picked up a .22lr French made Unique Corsair this weekend. Ordering a mag as the floorplate on the original is "le toast." :eek:

Anyone know anything about these?

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The magazines in these appear to be a bit touchy. The two I got for my kids appeared to be in like new condition, but the magazine in one of them causes misfeeds. When we switched magazines from one gun to the other, we determined it was the magazine that was at fault.
 

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Mmmmmm interesting

This is the first I have seen with this length barrel. I have been looking for the one with the longer barrel.
 

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Godpappy Roberto, did the magazines appear to be OEM or aftermarket? I'm trying to order a magazine from an outfit that claims to have purchased the remaining factory parts, hoping to get one that will work.

Hank, are you saying the length barrel on mine is the longer one? Or that there is one longer still?

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I have a Unique Model 52, which I think is the earlier version of the Corsair. While the sights are not up to modern standards it is the most reliable 22 semi-automatic I've ever owned. My kids consider it the easiest to shoot as well.
 

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I continue to search for info on Unique .22 semi-autos as I have time. I'm not 100% on the Model 52 being the same thing, but I think it's close, if not indeed the same. The Model D2, D4 and D6 are all pretty much the same pistol as the Corsair, but the D4 and D6 have differing barrel lengths. One site claims the D2, D4 and D6 were introduced in 1954.

By all accounts, these seem to be well made pistols. I'm hoping my magazine holds up so that I might shoot it this weekend.

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Corsair

Your Corsair pistol is a Unique D model, they have been made with different barrel length, up to 8".

You have a better chance to find your replacement magazine by asking for a Unique "D" model magazine, 10 shot.

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Better late than never

Tim your barrel is the shorter - the one I have been looking for is longer and as Kelt said there is one longer. There is one on GunBroker, it has been for a long time (to much money) like I am looking for.
 

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Your pistol is a Unique mod D (or a kind of, Corsair is a name used for export to the states), according to HUON's book "pistolets automatiques français", there was the D1 (barrel length 81 mm), the D2 (barrel length 108 mm), the D3 (barrel length 217 mm), the D4 (217 mm too, but with a muzzle break), the D6 (barrel : 150 mm).
These versions were clearly stamped "D2", "D3"... on the left side of the slide (just at the place where the name "corsair" is stamped on yours).
It was the descendant of the model Rf (51, barrel of 250mm, 52, barrel of 118 or 216 mm, named "Ranger" for export to the States), itself being the successor of the Rd model.
 

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Just found it : The Corsair model (alongside with others named "western", "Field" and "escort", the names depending of the barrel length) wer imported by J.C. Higgins. The very same names were applied to Unique mod E (same as D but .22 short caliber, light alloy slide)
 

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Thanks Alamas, I'd found those already, but no mention of the D1 and D3, that's interesting. I believe (but am not certain) that the name Escort pertains to the Unique Model E pistols in 22 short caliber.

Red Octopus, don't have the links handy presently, but found what Alamas refers to, barrels up to 8". Seems my Corsair is pretty ordinary with a 4.25" barrel. :)

Thanks for the help everyone.

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The vendor who claimed to have factory magazines has proven unresponsive. Before I resort to a Triple K replacement, anyone have ideas on a source for OEM magazines?

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PS: Nice pics kelt, thanks!
 

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Shot this baby today, accidently left the magazine floorplate, which is pretty much toast, at home. Was still able to load the magazine and fire the Corsair. First with 2, then 5, finally 7 rounds in the mag, w/o the floorplate. :D I didn't want to push it so I never even tried more. Had one failure to feed, elsewise it was flawless. Feels good, shoots good, I like it! :D

Now to find a magazine . . . . . . :eek:

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Shot this baby today (snip) Feels good, shoots good, I like it! Now to find a magazine .SlimTim
Let me know where you find a magazine SlimTim.
I see aftermarket mags listed on Triple-K....and on Numrich as the J.C. Higgins Model 85 (available in 10 and 15 rounds)....but have no idea how well they work.
I just put a D6 Corsair on layaway, but won't get to play with it for a week or two. I love the feel of the gun, it fits my hand quite well. Mine looks like it's never been fired....no telltale bullet-nose mark up the feed ramp, bluing is great and the grips pristine. I could not resist an unusual 6" barrel semi-auto for $170. I shoot a lot in my basement using Colibri powderless .22's hand-cycled in semi-autos. The Corsair should be great for that as well as out in the field with Mini-Mags.
BTW- I found exploded diagrams online, but no Unique D or J.C. Higgins 85 manual. Anyone have one?
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Bob's Gun Shop in Royal, AR claims to have purchased the factory parts from Unique. When I emailed them I received a reply that the 2 different listings they had for Corsair mags were out of stock. They remain listed on their web pages too, at different prices, $35 & $40 IIRC.

I ended up ordering a JC Higgins Model 85 mag from Bob's at $30. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment, but Numrich wants $4 more and about $5 more in shipping cost. Bob doesn't make it easy to do business with him, he returned my order claiming my credit card billing address didn't match my shipping address. While it doesn't, my credit card company is supposed to verify it as the same, not sure what happened. I re-sent my order with a USPS money order so that there would be no such problem and am awaiting the delivery of the magazine now.

For the headache factor alone, I think I'd order the JC Higgins 85 mag from Numrich if I had to do it over again. Still, if you want to try, for $40 + $4 shipping you MIGHT get an OEM Corsair mag from Bob's Gun Parts. I wouldn't email or call (phone is busy 100% of the time I tried, anyway) I'd just order it via snail mail if you chose to go with Bob's.

Where'd you find the exploded view? A link would be great.

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I ended up ordering a JC Higgins Model 85 mag from Bob's at $30. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment, but Numrich wants $4 more and about $5 more in shipping cost.
Where'd you find the exploded view? A link would be great.
I think I will pass on Bob's and just order one from Numrich. It'll be after Christmas though, I spent my toy reserves on the Corsair. Mine is like the D6 that is on Gunbroker.com all the time for $450. Waaaay too much money, but he only has to get one buyer I suppose.
I paid $179 for a 6" barrel Corsair version of the D6...and it had never been fired. At least until I got ahold of it! :D

Took it to the range on Wednesday to test it out. I did not take along enough boxes of ammo! :) ... I had 150 rounds of CCI Mini-Mags and it digested them flawlessly, bang bang bang bang bang bang bang, etc . Then I put another 6 mags through it of WallyWorld bulk Federals. A couple snagged due to their flat HP tip, just required a nudge on the slide though. I'll stick with CCI's for this gun.
I also have shot a few boxes of Colibri and Super Colibri though it in my basement range. If I load 3 at a time and hand-cycle, it's flawless. If I try to load more then 3 in the magazine, the first one will not extract usually. I have similar issue with all my semi-autos and Colibri's....no biggie. But even with only being able to load 3 at a time and hand-cycling them, it's great practice shooting in the basement with Colibri's. Here is the link to my site's firearms section, just click on the Unique thumb and there will be a diagram there. I'm still searching for a manual. http://weirdjack.com/guns/gun.htm
or just click here for the diagram alone: http://weirdjack.com/guns/unique-corsair-diagram.jpg
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Bob's Gun Shop finally came through with the magazine, after once returning my order. It is a reproduction, unmarked as to maker. Hopefully I'll make it to the range and try it out sometime soon.

Nice website, thanks for doing it. :)

SlimTim
 
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