W+F Bern Swiss 1882 Revolver - sn 23xxx
Swiss 1882 Ordnance revolver, produced in 1918, in good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. All visible serial numbers matching.
A defect has been noted with this 1882 revolver. The hammer is able to be cocked with the loading gate open. With the loading gate open and the hammer cocked, pressing the trigger to advance the cylinder will drop the hammer, but the firing pin does not protrude through the hole in the frame. The revolver functions as expected with the hammer at rest and the loading gate opened.
Trigger has a dark straw coloration on the left side, the hammer has a light straw finish. Other previously straw finished parts have little to no straw finish remaining. Frame has light edge wear, as well as edge wear on the trigger guard. Frame has bluing wear on the left side in the area around the serial number and the P stamp. Right side of the frame has bluing wear on the edge adjacent to the loading gate as well as edge wear below the cylinder. Top strap has light edge wear at the rear sight. Barrel has edge wear along the sides and finish wear at the muzzle. Small, dark spots are evident on some surfaces of the frame and along the top strap and barrel. Cylinder has a turn line as well as edge wear a round the flutes. Patina on all of the straw finished areas. The bottom of the grip has a dent on the lanyard loop extension at the rear.
Walnut grips have a faint tiger stripe pattern and handling wear. In lieu of a plasticized soldier's tag being the grip, the original soldier, an officer, had carved their information onto the backstrap of the left side grip.
Frame is P stamped. Colonel Muhlemann's inspection stamp is to the left of the frame's P stamp.
C&R Eligible. Discreet import engraving.
1882 revolvers were employed by the Swiss Military and manufactured between 1882 through 1929 in Eidgenossische Waffenfabrik Bern, a Swiss federal armory. Designed by Rudolph Schmidt, the 1882 fires a black powder 7.5mm round and has a capacity of 6 rounds. Several variations of the revolver were produced; the earliest and most valuable models can be identified with their octagonal barrel. Late model revolvers named the 1882-29 are a more simplified version of the pistol that were made to help ease production time and costs. 1882-29 models can be identified by their round barrels.