Sunday, March 19, 2017

Steyr-Mannlicher Model 1900 pistol

M-1900

This was probably one of Mannlicher's most successful and elegant handguns, it is one of the most simple blow-back semi automatic pistols ever designed. The lock work is essentially that of a single action revolver. It was patented in 1899 and was actually produced from 1901-1905.

M-1900


When the Model 1900 was originally produced, it was chambered in an 8mm cartridge; however, in 1901, Mannlicher reintroduced it with the 7.63 Mannlicher cartridge to make it more powerful. ( 7.65 mm Mannlicher in Germany and 7.65x21mm in the U.S) 
The pistol was tested by both the Austro-Hungarians and the Americans. Though passed over officially, the pistol won fans among Austria's officer corps, and caught the eye of Colonel Frank Phipps, the commanding officer at Springfield Armory, who unsuccessfully petitioned to give the 1901 a second look.
Although never officially adopted by the Austro-Hungarian Army it was never the less used by many Austro-Hungarian and German Officers in WWI. 

M-1901

M-1901


In 1905 a third model was introduced, the Modelo 1905. All of which were produced Steyr. All of the models have the same basic design and operation, but minimal adjustments were made to improve each of them. The Modelo 1905 is the version of the Model 1901 that the Argentine Army purchased from Steyr in 1905. A total of around 10,000 of these pistols were acquired by the Argentine armed forces.

M-1905

M1905


These pistols were so well liked that ammunition for them was actually produced right up until WWII. All the pistols had internal magazines that loaded via stripper clips through the top of the action.






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