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More Gasser Revolvers

by Paul Scarlata   |  November 29th, 2011 4

The huge Montenegrin model is how most remember the Gasser name, but there were smallbore Gassers, too.


Two members of the Austrian Cisleithanischen Gendarmerie posed in 1915. The policeman on the left is wearing a holstered Gasser M.1885 Gendarmerie-Revolver.



The M.1885 Kipplaufrevolver or 2nd Model Montenegrin was a hinged-frame, top-break design that used a locking system similar to the British Webley-Pryse.


Pressing in the levers on either side unlatched the barrel to allow loading and unloading. It’s probably not the ideal system for operating with one hand.


The Gasser M.1885 Sicherheitswache Revolver was a solid-frame double-action revolver that lacked any type of ejector. (photo courtesy Laszlo Somogyi)



The Rast & Gasser Infanterie-Revolver M.98 was used by the Austro-Hungarian army from 1898 until 1919. The steep grip to frame angle makes it very recognizable.


The M.98 used a frame-mounted, spring-loaded firing pin. This is one of the earlier instances of this design, which has become the rule in most revolvers.


The ejector rod was supported by an full length guide rod under the barrel. Note how the loading gate is rotated 90 degrees to the rear for loading or unloading.


The M.98′s hinged sideplate could be opened for cleaning and/or repairs. This was not an uncommon feature on military revolvers during the late 19th century.


A group of Austro-Hungarian officers pose for a photo. The man on the far left is wearing a holstered Rast & Gassser M.98 revolver. (courtesy Janez Hartman)


A band of Yugoslav Chetnik partisans, posing in 1942, is well equipped with ZB26 machine guns, grenades, Mauser rifles and at least one Model 1898 Rast-Gasser.

A detachment of Greek monks fighting against Bulgaria in 1913 counted on Mannlicher and Gras rifles, along with M.98 and 2nd Model Montenegrin revolvers.

  • The real macedonian

    You have got it wrong with the greeks they are not greeks they are macedonians in that photo because greeks never fort the bulgarians the greeks and bulgarians were allies. In 1913 greece took 51% of macedonia and bulgaria took 9% of macedonia the greeks were killing macedonians and the bulgarians were killing macedonians for there land so in this photo they are macedonians get your history wright befor you publish it.

    • ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

      These are Greeks allright…Have you seen a lot of "macedonians" bearing crosses? You get the facts right…The so called "macedonians" appearing in the area of former Yougoslav republic was a trick of Tito to name the inhabitants of south Yougoslavia…As for the killings, history records the attrocities done by the Bulgarian Comitee…But then History is often distorted…In the bottom line you don't have to be rude to a guy that is in the other side of th pond and he's trying to write an article about guns…

    • John

      Mecedonians ARE GREEK. There is no other "Macedonians". Slavs came into the Balkan region way after the 8th century AD. Now some of them slavs living in a part of the Ancient kingdom of Macedonia claim that because they live in a poart of the ancient territory of Macedonia are Macedonians !!! Now THIS is clear forgery of Ancient Greek History !! As for the photo it pictures A seated Greek Army officer sarounded by Greek freedom fighters fighting for the revolution in Macedonia.

  • madas

    Dear Sir,
    On the second photo from the bottom you have a serbian fasists called Chetnic, not the Partisans,
    Partisans fought against Chetniks, Germans, Italians and other fasist which attacked them in their own country, please remove that line

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