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Reichsrevolver
literatur: Heinrich Harder, Der Reichsrevolver,
unit stamps Jeff Noll's book The Imperial Regiment Marking,

in 1879 the Imperial German Federal Government (Deutsches Kaiser Reich) decided to introduce a common army- and navy-revolver for the four different armies, Preuβen, Bayern, Sachsen and Württemberg.

The model 1879 has a circa 18cm = 7" barrel with a muzzle ring, is brüniert = browned. On the left side is a crank to secure the base- or cylinder pin,  and additional a safety blocking the hammer from cocking. Plain wooden grips, lanyard ring, shows acceptance- and proof stamps and unit markings. The caliber is 10.55, sometimes called 10.6mm, comparable to the .44 Russian.

The model 1883 has a 11.7cm = 4½" barrel, is gebläut = blued. On the left side is a push-button "transverse pin" working similar to Colt's  later SAA to secure the base- or cylinder pin,  and additional is the safety. Plain wooden grips, lanyard ring, shows acceptance- and proof stamps and unit marking. The same caliber.  

While the above revolvers were for service use, the officers had to buy their own arms. Most of the officers came from well-to-do families and wanted a better finish, checkered grips, with a variety of  double action revolvers, and because private property there are no unit stamps. The caliber is the  same. These models are pretty rare, and Hans Reckendorf in his book Die Militär-Faustfeuerwaffen des Deutschen Reiches wrote after diligent research: "for 200 troop issued revolvers one finds one officer's model."

Langenhahn Saxon Army revolver 1873

19. R. A. 2.8.

 

ERFURT Arsenal, matching serial # 1324,  dated 1894, caliber 10.55mm identical .44 Russian black powder, just the name in metrics. The frame of revolver is fine blued with circa 80% remaining, cylinder and barrel have only traces of blue, plain wooden grips with lanyard ring. Prussian army acceptance with W for king Wilhelm II., unit stamp on back strap 19. R. A. 2.8. =  19. Reserve Field Artillery regiment, 2. battery, 8. weapon.  The revolver is in good working order and fine condition. With the revolver comes a very rare certificate of capture, dated Dec. 18. 1945. Also a correct looking reproduction holster with maker's name Schipperfabrik AG Berlin 1914. It is well made but it feels to new to be from the period. Together a very interesting set!    $1,275.

 

F. v.  DREYSE
SŒMMERDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a very rare German double trigger, Officer's Reichsrevolver with extractor in caliber 10.55mm identical .44 S&W Russian.

Reichsrevolvers were used by Germany from 1879 through WWI. The Officer's models were made in limited numbers. Double action and double Trigger models were made in extremely limited numbers and were privately purchased by officers, who appreciated this feature. All Original, and all matching numbered 2039. Works Great  in single and double action, The first trigger revolves the cylinder, the second loosens the firing pin. Bore with strong rifling.  Finish is about 80 to 90% glossy blue remaining with most wear on grip-straps and left side behind the loading gate. Grips are fine, with no cracks and no looseness. Of all the variations of Reichsrevolver, the Double Trigger variation with extractor is the RAREST and most desirable!
Manufactured by Dreyse and in much better condition than most surviving examples.    
  $4,850.

 

push safety

 

Patent on ejector

. the first trigger is to turn the cylinder and cock the hammer, the smaller trigger will release the hammer.

hammer cocked

 

cylinder and base pin with 268

68 on typical raised escutcheon and screw

Dreyse model 1883 BABY Reichsrevolver with double trigger, ejector and safety

matching serial # 268 and abbreviated 68 on parts, caliber 9mm / .380. Dreyse made only very few Baby Reichsrevolver, and this is the second I encounter in my 50 years of collecting. A 3" barrel with fixed front sight and on left side in front of the # the same P one finds in Patent, Patent stamped on ejector, officer's revolver styled  double triggers and ejector, additional a frame-mounted safety behind the hammer that. This safety needs to be retracted before the hammer can be cocked.  Rear of the cylinder is matching numbered 268, and  all visible small parts, including the screw heads and grip escutcheons are marked with matching 68. Finely checkered wood grips, each secured with a central screw and escutcheon. The major parts finished with a high polish blue. Circa 50% original bright blue with fading of small parts, fine bore with easily discernible rifling, perfect manual mechanics.
One of the most difficult to find Dreyse revolvers.
  
$4,500.

 

 

8. R. H. 2.14 = 8. Reserve Hussar  2. regiment 14. weapon

 

Suhl commission model 1879, serial # 6104, caliber 10.55mm, identical to .44 Russian only in metric. It is dated as made in 1881, issued to the Prussian army with the king's acceptance, unit stamp on butt, see above. Originally the models 1879 were browned, but after loosing WWI the Germans were restricted with handguns and re-used models 1879 for the militias, and those were arsenal blued like this revolver. Unfortunately somebody with no skills try to remove the cylinder and left some marks  on the cylinder pin. Otherwise the revolver is in good working order and in usable, fine condition.    $1,100.

 

GF = Gewehrfabrik Amberg, serial # 7, S = Suhl

serial # 7, S = Suhl, V.C.S * C.G.H. SUHL

10,55 mm caliber

hammer cocked

Reichsrevolver model 1883 Officer's Model made by the Suhl consortium of V.C.S. (Valentin Christian Schilling) and C.G.H. (C. G. Hänel). The officers had to buy their own handguns and preferred a better quality with bright blue and checkered grips compared to the revolvers issued to the soldiers. Because owned by the officers there are no unit marks only the stamped GF for acceptance by the Bavarian Gewehrfabrik Amberg. Matching serial # 7, caliber 10.55mm = .44 Russian, original blue with same areas matte usually from holster wear on the barrel, crisp checkered grips.
Rare variation, in good working order and fine condition.        $2,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

AWM = Artillerie-Werkstätten-München
= Artillery Workshops Munich

 

10 = October

00 = 1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEBR. MAUSER & CIE. OBERNDORF 1880,
made Reichsrevolver model 1879, serial # 1330, dated 1882,caliber stamp 10.6 (= 10.55mm = .44 Russian) 7" barrel, original matte brownish,  plain original grips, lanyard ring. The revolver was issued to the Bavarian army with GF (Gewehrfabrik Amerg) acceptance stamp and Bavarian unit stamp on butt cap: B. 5. A. = Bayrisches Fuß-Artillerie-Regiment (according to Noll, German Regimental Marking: Bavarian Foot Artillery Regiment) 1. company, 11. weapon. The revolver is in good working order showing some use, general in fine condition. It comes with an original holster with maker's cartouche AWM, the holster is slightly worn and damaged.
Mauser revolvers are the rarest and most desirable of the Reichsrevolver.    $2,000.













Prussian Eagle besides # 1661 and 10.55 on top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reichsrevolver model 1883 Officer's Model made by the Suhl consortium of V.C.S. (Valentin Christian Schilling) and C.G.H. (C. G. Hänel). The officers had to buy their own handguns and preferred a better quality with bright blue and checkered grips compared to the revolvers issued to the soldiers. Because owned by the officers there are no unit marks only the stamped eagle of the Prussian king on the barrel lug. Matching serial # 1661, caliber 10.55mm = .44 Russian, original blue with same areas matte usually from holster wear on the barrel, crisp checkered grips. These models are pretty rare, and Hans Reckendorf in his book Die Militär-Faustfeuerwaffen des Deutschen Reiches wrote after diligent research: "for 200 troop issued revolvers one finds only one officer's model. In good working order and fine condition.        $2,000.

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