Monday, November 7, 2016

Steyr Mannlicher M-1894 Pistol

The late 1890's saw the beginning the semi-automatic pistol era. Designers from the four corners of the world feverishly producing the unique to the weird. It was an engrossing period for the gun nut.
"This is a rather rare Steyr/Mannlicher self-loading, "blow-forward" Model 1894 pistol. These early Mannlicher pistols were all designed by Ferdinand Von Mannlicher and were produced by the Austrian Steyr factory. Von Mannlicher was an exceptional early engineer and designer who teamed with the Steyr factory to produce all of his rifle and pistols from the late 1890s through post WWII.  
It is actually one of the rare large frame pistols, which has the "internal magazine" that loaded through the top of the action via stripper clips. 

The other unique design feature is that the barrel actually slides forward during the firing/cycling of the pistol, hence the collector name of a "blow forward" pistol. Then when the barrel returns into battery (e.g. when the barrel is moving reward after firing), the barrel strips off and chambers a new cartridge from the internal magazine. It is also a "double action" mechanism with a rebounding hammer, i.e. when a cartridge is inside the chamber and with the hammer down, you just pull the trigger as in the double action mode, just like pistols today. Very unique for 1894".

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