Original Imperial German M1879 Reichsrevolver in 10.6×25mmR - Serial 7969
Original Item: Only One Available. This is one of the great romantic era Imperial German Army Revolvers, with a great worn look. 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Reichs-Commissions-Revolver Modell 1879, was a service revolver used by the German Army from 1879 to 1908, when it was superseded by the Luger.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, which is still present on this example.
There were made by various different arsenals and government contractors, however this example does not have any maker markings of any kind. We believe it to be a privately purchased example, which would explain the lack of makers marks, dates, and the usual proofs seen on officially issued weapons. It does however have serial number 7969 on the back of the cylinder, and on the inside of both wooden grip scales. The rest of the revolver is unmarked, and we do not see any evidence of markings being removed.
The original wooden grips are in very good matured condition, and the bore has clear lands and grooves, with just a bit of oxidation in places. This suggests that most of the wear on the gun is from age and storage, not from service. The revolver functions properly, with good indexing, and the safety works as well.
In full working order, very substantial and a great example of a solid German design. Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1885
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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