This short article illustrates, to me, the importance and relevance of history. For instance:
Never knew our ultra-modern IOF Ashani has such an ancient origin.
Over here in the USA, we do the same thing: Look at the plethora of 1911 clones. Despite the availability of pistols that are products of continuing innovation, the 1911 lives on and on and on.
Why? Why has the 1910 FN and the 1811 Government (and such a number of other old designs, like the 1894 Winchester and Browning A5) stuck around as other designs hailed as the best have come and gone?
My answer to this is, look at the designer, John M Browning. The man simply knew how to design a firearm!
Another point I'd like to make regards the larger historical story related and represented by the pistol. WW1 was the end of the Edwardian/Victorian Age, the end of the "Old Order" in Europe and the transition to our modern age, and a strong reminder of the continuing presence of "terrorism". Princip was a relatively uninspiring figure, swept up into the grasp of "Apis" (Dragutin Dimitrijević) who was the charismatic leader of Serbia's "Black Hand" clandestine organization. He was influential in the Serbian military, the director of national intelligence, and the leader of the successful attempt to assassinate the previous King of Serbia in 1903, when he didn't like the King's policies. There is such a host of lessons to be learned from Apis's life and example that it would exhaust any reasonable post!