The Schimel was the first airgun to use a separate C02 cartridge for propulsion. It was made by Orville Schimel starting about 1952. The small company went bankrupt in 1955. The gun was produced until 1958 by the AC Swanson Co.
The action of this air pistol is very much like the famous German Luger. The toggle bolt works very much like the original Luger. The Schimel is made from solid metal and is close to weight of the real thing.
This is the P 22 model. It was a .22 caliber single shot and use 8 gram C02 cartridges. This example is a non working gun The safety is missing. And it may have other missing parts. The safety is missing. This is sold as a collectors item only. The grips have shrunk slightly, a common condition for these early plastic grips. The overall condition of the metal is excellent with much the original finish still remaining.
Very cool air gun collectable.