But the new-fangled things were, well, new, and so nobody really knew what worked best. And so the Hino-Komura ended up with the marvelously quirky blow forward design. The breech was solid, an integral part of the frame. It was motionless when the pistol was fired, and the barrel was what moved.
The friction of the bullet is what drove the barrel forward. Eventually the bullet left the muzzle (removing further forward impetus) and a recoil spring slowed and stopped the barrel's forward motion. At this point, the ejector kicked away the spent case - which the extractor had been holding firmly in place against the breech - and a fresh cartridge was seated. Then the spring returned the barrel, cocking the firing pin.
picked the lot up for $20. That's winning the lottery.
A few blow forward designs were implemented, perhaps most famous being the Mk 20 Grenade Launcher used in Vietnam. Manlicher also had a commercial design in the 1890s, and Schwarzlose had what was perhaps the only commercially successful offer. Why?
One objection is what to do if the gun does not return to battery (i.e. the barrel or breach does not fully re-seat). In your typical blow back design (1911 style), you just hit the back of the gun, and it will likely be enough for the pistol to re-seat. That won't work on a blow forward design - you have to smack the barrel back towards you. In the event of a slam fire, the part of you that you use to smack the barrel is in front of the barrel when the pistol fires (oops).
And so we only see blow forward designs in the early days of auto-loading pistols, before everyone figured out what worked better. While things are cheaper and more reliable now, they're more similar. Functionally this is a big win, but a little of the poetry got lost along the way.
But maybe I need to start going to garage sales ...