W+F Bern Swiss 1882 Revolver w/ Holster - sn 44xx
This Swiss 1882 revolver, manufactured in 1895, is in good condition with 80% original finish. 4/5 Bore. All visible serial numbers matching. Little to no straw finish remaining. Bore is dull with light pitting. On the left side of the frame, there is light edge wear around the high area. On the left side of the frame in front of the cylinder, there are several marks in the bluing and on the metal's surface. On the rear of the right side of the frame there is finish wear from friction against the loading gate. Below the cylinder is edge wear, as well as several tooling marks on the edge. Surface pitting noted on the area to the right of the extractor rod retainer. The rearmost serration on the loading gate has a flat spot. Top strap has edge wear at the rear sight and light surface pitting at about the midway point. Cylinder has a turn line, edge wear around the flutes, and some light pitting. Barrel has edge wear found along the sides along with several marks in the metal. On the right side of the barrel are a few small marks near the base, some heavy marks on the area directly above the extractor rod handle, and heavy scratching near the muzzle. On the top of the barrel are some heavy marks on the right edge, a few shallow marks before the front sight, and scratching in the bluing on the left side before the front sight. On the left side of the barrel there are some heavy marks about midway down the barrel, above the ejector rod handle and a flat spot on an edge near the base of the barrel. The bluing has a rainbow coloration, akin to case hardening, found on the right side of the muzzle and at the front sight; this is typically seen when bluing was performed at an incorrect temperature. Dark patina on the cylinder rod.
Bakelite grips have very light handling wear and good checkering.
Includes military leather holster with shoulder sling.
Antique; no 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.