Original Imperial German M1879 "Cavalry Model" Reichsrevolver - Serial 9615

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of one of the great romantic era Imperial German Army Revolvers. The M1879 Reichsrevolver, or Reichs-Commissions-Revolver Modell 1879, was a service revolver used by the German Army from 1879 to 1908, when it was superseded by the Luger. The Model of 1879 was issued with a 7" 10.6mm x 25R mm Barrel, which sported a rather fancy ring to the muzzle. In 1883 they introduced a shorter barrel version that had only a 5" barrel, the M1883. Although the design was dated, the weapon was extremely robust, and they were still used through World War I. The M1879 is referred to as the "cavalry model" and the M1883 as the "officer's model," by collectors, which were not official designations.

These revolvers were single action only and were fitted with a robust safety lever on the left hand side of the frame, which functions differently depending on hammer position. If the hammer is in the fire position, the safety locks the hammer completely. If in the half-cock position, it locks the hammer there, facilitating reloading of the revolver or removal of the cylinder. They also have a very robust ring on the bottom of the grip, for securing the revolver to the uniform.

There were made by various different makers in Germany, many located in the industrial city of Suhl. This revolver however does not have any marker mark on the left side of the frame, as would usually be seen. We do not know whether it never had a maker mark, or whether it was removed, as there are signs of the left side plate being abraded. However it is still covered with German proof marks and other markings, including under the grips.

The revolver bears serial number 9615 on the barrel, frame, and on the underside of both grip scales, with shortened number 15 on many of the smaller parts. The cylinder is not matching, marked with serial 6264 on the rear, and the cylinder arbor pin is also a replacement, marked 8212. We would surmise that the revolver had the cylinder and arbor pin removed for some reason, and then lost. Parts on hand were then used. Perhaps the maker marking was also removed at this time. There are various proof marks on most parts, was was standard for German issued weapons.

The grips are in very good condition, and the metalwork has a lovely plum patina, showing some light denting and wear on the exterior. The bore shows clear lands and grooves, with a partly bright finish. There is some fouling and possibly grease and dirt in the grooves. The loading gate is intact and fully functional. The revolver cycles correctly, and we did not notice any timing or indexing issues.

Very substantial and a great example of a solid German design. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1882
Caliber: 10.6×25mmR
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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