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Gasser Model 1870 Army Service

Six-Round Revolver

Gasser Model 1870 Army Service

Six-Round Revolver

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OVERVIEW



The Model 1870 was the standard sidearm of Austro-Hungarian cavalry units.
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ORIGIN: Austria
YEAR: 1870
MANUFACTURER(S): Leopold Gasser - Austria
OPERATORS: Austro-Hungary
SPECIFICATIONS



Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Double-Action
CALIBER(S): 11mm
LENGTH (BARREL): 187 millimeters (7.36 inches)
SIGHTS: Front Post
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Model 1870 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Gasser Model 1870 Army Service Six-Round Revolver.  Entry last updated on 2/26/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Gasser Model 1870 Army Service pistol became the standard sidearm of cavalry units in service to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its inception into use was noted by the year in its model number (1870) though design began some time in 1869. The revolver became the first true financial success for gunsmith Leopold Gasser. Gasser owned several factories dedicated to the production of handguns and supplied thousands of examples into circulation for both military and civilian operators. The guns generally originated from Ottakring, Austria and have since proven a scarce collector's item. Upon the death of Leopold, the company was headed by his brother to which the name subsequently changed to "Rast & Gasser".

The Model 1870 was of a clean design. Most notable regarding its appearance was the use of an "open-frame" describing how there was no structural "bridge" spanning across the cylinder. The cylinder was smooth-sided and sat within the frame just above the trigger group and pistol grip. The trigger itself was housed within an oblong ring while the hand grip was a slender checker-gripped protrusion made to fit comfortably in the hand. The hammer was seated above the pistol grip while the barrel was rounded and fitted the forward sight. The revolving cylinder held six cartridges of 11mm caliber and firing was of double-action. The double-action method was credited to British gunsmith Robert Adams and simply implied that the pulling of the trigger performed the two functions of 1) cocking the hammer and 2) releasing it to strike the base of the chambered round. In a revolver, this action also included the revolving of the cylinder chambers to supply a fresh cartridge base to the hammer.




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