Reichsrevolver M1883 pistol & magazine (7)magazine not sighted
The 10.6mm Reichsrevolver was the standard pistol of the Imperial German Army between 1880 and 1908, when it was superseded by the Pistole 08 (see FIR 1345).
Designed by a military armanents committee, it was a bulky and simple design, which deliberately eschewed modern developments such as automatic spent-cartridge extraction and double action trigger mechanisms.
Many examples remained in service with rear echelon formations at the outbreak of the First World War. They were also to be found in the hands of artillery units, presumably for dispatching wounded horses.
This example was found in a captured German position during the Battle of the Somme. It bears the mark of the 11th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment.
Attached label states "found in blown up pill box during the 1st Battle of the Somme"
Stamped on left barrel flat
8993 & GF 8993
Stamped on left frame
1. stamped on left of frame
2-3. stamped on back strap