I just picked up the following hand gun made in Erfurt Germany in 1894 the gun is in very good condition and I can't find much information on it, Could someone tell me a little about it and appox. value, Thanks Terry
You have a wonderful piece of history. You have the Model 1883 Reichsrevolver. This was the handgun of the Second Reich until replaced by the Luger in 1904/08. Shoots a 10.6 mm German cartridge about the same in power as a 44 Russian. I have about 6 Reichsrevolvers and can attest they are a hoot to shoot.
Two breakage prone areas are the safety and the loading gate. I've seen a number of otherwise great '83's that had these two parts broken off.
There is a website just for Reichsrevolvers in Jan Stills' Luger website. You can find it. If you have any particular questions, don't hesitate to ask.
About the only English language books of any use on these is:
THE HANDGUN....... Boothroyd GERMAN HANDGUNS.... Hogg GERMAN HANDGUNS 1871-1918....Walter GUN COLLECTORS DIGEST.......Various (Volume I or III, can't recall offhand)
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Your "Erfurt" Reichsrevolver, was made in the Prussian state arsenal located in the City with the same name.
It was one of the last manufacturers to start production of the revolver ( Circa 1890 ). Prior to this date the first and second models were all produced under contract by commercial firms.
Supposedly the Model 1883's continued in production until the Luger was adopted by the German Army in 1908. I personally have never seen a Model 1883 with a 20th Century date. It's possible that production ended substantially prior to the adoptation of the Luger?
The value of your Reichsrevolver depends on it's condition and it's originality. Posting quality photos would be the best way for us to help you value your revolver.