Correction It has been brought to our attention that this gun may be a prototype and may also be a period of use refinish (?). Due to the rarity of this gun, there are no comparisons available to us.
RARE SCHWARZLOSE MODEL 1898 STANDARD MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 100. Cal. 7.63 mm Mauser (30 Mauser). Wonderfully made semi-auto pistol that is almost never encountered in the U.S. This pistol was patented in 1896 with production through about 1905 but very few were sold outside of Germany. In 1905 the company found themselves with a large stock of unsold pistols which were then bought by the Russian revolutionaries in preparation for the 1905 revolution, which took place during the Russo-Japanese War. The majority of the Russian Revolutionary purchase, while in transit, was confiscated at the frontier and eventually issued to the Russian Imperial Police. Very few of these rare pistols have ever re-emerged and those that have are usually in only average to poor condition with Russian inscriptions. This being doubly rare in that the condition is extremely fine and also not defaced with the added Russian markings. This pistol has a 6″ tapered rnd bbl with tall integral front sight and adjustable rear sight graduated 1-500 meters, mounted over the chamber area. This pistol is striker fired with a most unusual rotating bolt and recoiling bbl system. It has a thumb safety and take down lever on left side of frame with very curved trigger. Mounted with checkered 2-pc walnut grips that are secured with screws through the integral buttcap. Magazine capacity is about 7-rds and is made of heavy gauge stamped sheet metal with flush pinned base and a dbl sided knurl knob to retract the follower when loading. Magazine release is a push forward lever in the heel of the back strap. This pistol was very innovative for its time and was the first semi-auto with an automatic hold-open on firing of the last round in the magazine. Unfortunately their mechanism is rather complicated and although not delicate, required constant maintenance to remain functional. Accompanied by a copy of a reprint of the manual and several pages from the book Textbook of Automatic Pistols. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all visible numbers are matching. Overall retains 99% + strong orig factory finish with fine rust blue and bright straw colors. Grips are sound showing very minor diamond point wear and retain virtually all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-39293 JR109 (15,000-25,000)
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