The Reichsrevolver ("Government Revolver") Model 1879 (also known as the "Trooper" or Cavalry" model because of its barrel length) appeared during the 19th Century German initiative to modernize and standardize its Army equipment. This revolver was accepted into service during 1879 and designed to fire six 10.6x25mmR German Ordnance cartridges from its rotating, fluted cylinder component. Design was largely conventional and featured a curved, ornate pistol grip leading into the frame. The trigger was mounted underneath the frame in the usual manner and surrounded by a curved trigger guard. The hammer was seated directly above the trigger group and within reach of the grip handle. The barrel was a smooth, largely featureless, seven-inch length with a iron sights fitted.
The Model 1879 was produced under a variety of manufacturers during her tenure, each answering to the German government directly (the sidearm was, in fact, designed by a government committee). The Reichsrevolver Model 1883 appeared as the "Officer / Infantry" offshoot of the Model 1879, completed to an improved higher-standard. This form mimicked the Model 1879 in most of its appearance but showcasing a much better finish and refined overall quality about her.
The guns were in circulation until about the 1940s though they were officially superseded about the time of World War 1 (1914-1918) when the semi-automatic Luger 9mm came into widespread service.