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Steyr M12 (Steyr-Hahn)
Calibre 9mm Steyr
Serial No: 3233 l
Dated 1916
Price: £900


Marked to
3rd Jaeger Regt Pistol No 69

The 3rd Jager regiment of the Imperial Austro-Hungarian army (KuK) fought on the Italian front – at Caporetto, where one of its stormtrooper companies were part of 3rd Edelweiss Division, leading the attacks on Mount Caal and Mount Plagne (October 1917); successful outflanking attacks on the Asiago in November 1917 and later, with Erwin Rommel and his Wurttemberg Division, successful assaults in the Grappa sector.

In August 1918 it successfully defended against strong Italian attacks on Mount Majo, fighting in tunnels and caves.

Jaeger were clearly elite troops.

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The Steyr M1912 is a semi-automatic pistol developed in 1911 by the Austrian firm Steyr Mannlicher and beleived to been designed by Karl Krnka, based on the mechanism of the Roth-Steyr M1907. It was developed for the Austro-Hungarian Army and adopted in 1912 as the M1912.
It saw some service in a limited capacity for the Wehrmacht until the end of World War II.

The Steyr M1912 is usually known as the Steyr-Hahn.

The M1912 was originally chambered for the 9mm Steyr round, but after the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938 the M1912 was taken into Wehrmacht service and about 60,000 were rechambered in 9mm Parabellum and remained in service until the end of the war.

The M1912 was developed as the Model 1911 as a military weapon, but it was not accepted until 1914 as the M12. It was originally issued to the Austrian Landwehr while common army units were issued Roth-Steyr M1907 handguns and Rast-Gasser M1898 revolvers.

Orders were also placed by Chile and Romania. During World War I

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An inspector's mark 'Wn' for Wiener-Neustadt, a Habsburg eagle and a two-digit date (1914-1919) will be found on the frame recess immediately above the trigger-guard.
Most Steyr manufactured parts are stamped with a 'K' (Kontroll) inspection stamp. This example has a 1916 date.

Serial No Range for 1916: 2872 l - 2376 q (Wn-16)

4 Digit Serial Number plus suffix letter

~ ~ ~ Because of Date & Calibre this example can be held under Section 7(1) ~ ~ ~

Very Good Condition


 

An inspector's mark 'Wn' for Wiener-Neustadt, a Habsburg eagle and a two-digit date (1914-1919) will be found on the frame recess immediately above the trigger-guard. Most Steyr manufactured parts are stamped with a 'K' (Kontroll) inspection stamp.

This example has 1916 dated inspectors mark