Plaintiff, a police officer, brought this action for personal injuries allegedly sustained in this state when the cylinder of a revolver, purchased by him in this state from defendant Pitt and manufactured by Smith and Wesson, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation, "exploded and blew apart" during target practice, causing the permanent loss of vision of plaintiff's right eye. Summons and complaint were served on Walter K. Lookabaugh as the alleged agent, sales manager and manufacturer's representative for Smith and Wesson. The service was in pursuance of section 6500 of the Corporations Code: "Delivery by hand of a copy of any process against a foreign corporation (a) to . . . the general manager in this State . . . shall constitute valid service on the corporation."