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Bergmann pistols

produced by V.C.S.  = Valentin Christoph Schilling
Suhl 1849 - 1900
see Handguns of the World by Edward C. Ezell, pages 366 - 377

Bergmann Simplex + cartridge


The Bergmann = the miner

# 1012

open for inserting stripper magazine





















Bergmann  1896, model # 2, serial # 1012 on right side, caliber 5mm Bergmann, 3" barrel with adjustable front sight and rear sight on end of the breach, mandatory German proof stamp on left with PATENT,  BRÉVETÉ S.G.D.G. (= Patent without government guarantee, was in France a legal notice releasing the State from any liability on the proper functioning of effective panted device. This reference was established by the law of 1844 which states that patents are granted "without screening, at the risk of applicants, and without warranty or of reality, novelty or merit of the invention, either fidelity or accuracy of the description. It has disappeared in 1968")  and article # 611. Additional the trade mark Bergmann (= miner)
The rare pistol is in good working order, showing the expected wear especially at the corners and the original hard rubber grips have minor repair.    $5,000.





symbol: the Bergmann = miner
V. C. S.  SUHL


 system open


system open

U proof stamps on barrel and system
PATENT  BRÉVETÉ  S.G.D.G. = no government guarantee

Bergmann early model 1896 model 2 with folding trigger, serial # 274, caliber 5mm Bergmann, 3" octagonal barrel with fixed front sight, notch for rear sight on breech, with prominent folding trigger and for the early model used door for the magazine. The pistol shows better than 90% original bright blue with a few traces of use. Crisp checkered grips and a provision for the lanyard ring. Less than 500 of the pocket model were made. The function is perfect and in very fine condition.     $18,000.










a Keller & Co. 6.5 Bergmann pistol cartridge with a round nose full metal jacket bullet. This is another of the series of cartridges developed by the German Industrialist Theodor Bergman in the 1894 to 1896 period for his automatic pistols.
Hirtenberg History: Our history started in 1860, when German immigrant Serafin Keller founded a small metalworking shop. Soon he began making metal cartridges, laying the groundwork for what would become the Hirtenberger Cartridge Factory. 
The first change of ownership was in 1887,  when Ludwig Mandl purchased shares in the company. The company name was changed to “Hirtenberger Patronen-, Zündhütchen- und Metallwarenfabrik Keller & Comp.” (cartridge, primer and metal product factory). In 1904 the last member of the founder’s family, Anton Keller, sold his shares to the Mandl family.
A rare Bergmann cartridge!     $50.




the following are not available, and I like to buy more

  Bergmann 1896 model 3
















open for loading a stripper magazine









Bergmann patent model 1896 number 3, cal. 6.5mm, serial # 497,  early variation with slim grip frame and without extractor. The trade mark "Bergmann" on right side of frame, the maker's name V.C.S. in Suhl with the model # 278 and mandatory German proof stamps on left, the serial # 479 on the right side. Bright blue, moving parts kept in the white, crisp checkered grips. An excellent condition pistol showing very minor edge wear.




◄ 611 product number

trade mark ►

Bergmann = miner




Bergmann 1896 model 2, serial # 995, cal. 5mm Bergmann, 3" barrel with fixed front sight and adjustable rear sight, made by V.C.S. = Valentin Schilling in Suhl and underwent mandatory German proof as documented with the crowned U stamp, circa 95% bright blue remaining with a few scratches, hammer and trigger straw colored case hardening, perfect hard rubber grips with B in medallion. From the pistol are 2,000 made, and it is actually rarer than the Borchardt with 3,000 produced. Rarer than the pistol is the original leather holster with maker's stamp.
The desirable set in very fine condition.   














one original stripper magazine with five 5mm Bergmann cartridges for the models 1 and 2 pocket pistols.  Always wanted


6.5m Bergmann pistol cartridge made by DWM and stamped 413A
Brandt's # 30 made for the Bergmann semi-automatic / self-loading pistol 1896,












a complete box with 50 Bergmann cartridges Cal. 6.5 mm made by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken, Karlsruhe, DWM,
the end-labels showing the Bergmann = miner
Bergmann's Industriewerke
Gaggenau (Baden)

Box showing wear, but the labels are still readable and fine.
Rarer than the rare pistols!  

The 5mm cartridges, the left early groove less, the right later with groove.