Exceptionally scarce, authentic and original Swiss 1882 Cyclist Revolver (Radfahrerrevolver 82). It is a version of the model 1882 Ordnance Revolver made specifically for the Swiss military's Cyclist Corps, having a large, fixed lanyard loop at the bottom of the grip instead of a smaller swivel.
Only 337 pieces were made in total. This revolver was one of 257 pieces manufactured in 1892, the first year of production, and is part of the first delivery to the Cyclist Corps on 1 September 1892 (serial numbers 3231 through 3487). An unknown number of revolvers were later converted to standard 1882 Ordnance Revolver configuration, making this one of the surviving Cyclist Revolvers.
Revolver is in very good condition with 80% original finish remaining. 4/5 Bore (light pitting down the bore). All parts matching serial numbers except for the cylinder axis which is stamped with "648". Fair straw finish remaining on the hammer and trigger.
Light pitting found throughout the revolver. Right side of the frame has some mild to fair finish wear caused by the loading gate. Edge wear around the rear disassembly screw. Light edge wear below the cylinder and light to mild edge wear on the trigger guard. Light edge wear around the left side of the frame and light to mild edge wear on the trigger guard. Mild finish wear on the bottom of the grip and the fixed lanyard loop. Lanyard loop has a few impact marks in the metal. Mild to moderate finish wear on the underside of the trigger guard. Mild to moderate finish wear on the upper portion of the frame. Light finish wear on the front and rear sights. Light to mild edge wear on the octagonal barrel.
Cylinder has light to mild edge wear throughout as well as light patina. Takedown rod has light patina.
Vulcanite grips have very good checkering and some light handling marks. Very nice for a revolver nearly 130 years old.
Frame is P 31 stamped in front of the cylinder on the left side, indicating privatization in 1931.
Frame has a few notable stamps: Swiss Chief inspector Major Vogelsang stamp (cross over V) to the left of the P51 stamp; below the serial number is the Waffenfabrik Bern manufacturing stamp (cross over WF) and a cross over R; underside of the trigger guard is stamped with a cross over R. Both the trigger and the hammer have a visible cross over M stamp.
Includes correct leather holster.
Antique; no import engraving.