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Photographs would help greatly in identifing what appear to be interesting unit stamps.

G.d.C. may signify an elite cavalry unit?

4.C.A.r.2.113 - ? May signify a mounted artillery unit?
H.?.T.S.?.?.2.100. may signify a train sanitats or hospital unit?
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Hello Walter,
Without any picture it is not so easy to identify:
G.d.C.8.20. Garde du Corps, 8. Escadron, Waffe no.20
The dotted out unit mark:
I think the C should be a G.
4.G.A.r.2.113. Garde Feldartillerie-Regiment no.4, 2.reitende Batterie, Waffe 113
This regiment was stationed in Potsdam.
The Garde units received always as first new guns and equipment. The year 1881 and the low serial number indicate it.

Regarding your M/1883 I recommend to use a magnifying glass to complete the missing letters and numbers.

On your holster the marking is F.A.R. Feldartillerie- Regiment.

Both revolvers will have the stamps of the final Prussian inspection: 1. Gothic letter with crown (marking of the responsible inspector)and 2. the bigger superviser marking FR with crown.
On the left side of the barrel and on rear face of the cylinder should be an eagle stamp, signifying the successful Prussian proof.
 

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Hello Walter,
Without any picture it is not so easy to identify:
G.d.C.8.20. Garde du Corps, 8. Escadron, Waffe no.20
The dotted out unit mark:
I think the C should be a G.
4.G.A.r.2.113. Garde Feldartillerie-Regiment no.4, 2.reitende Batterie, Waffe 113
This regiment was stationed in Potsdam.
The Garde units received always as first new guns and equipment. The year 1881 and the low serial number indicate it.

Regarding your M/1883 I recommend to use a magnifying glass to complete the missing letters and numbers.

On your holster the marking is F.A.R. Feldartillerie- Regiment.

Both revolvers will have the stamps of the final Prussian inspection: 1. Gothic letter with crown (marking of the responsible inspector)and 2. the bigger superviser marking FR with crown.
On the left side of the barrel and on rear face of the cylinder should be an eagle stamp, signifying the successful Prussian proof.
 

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Concerning the "H.?.T.S.?.?.2.100. or H.B?.T.S.17.95.2.100 ( The B. 17. .95 are stipled/dotted out & the .95 is 1/2 the size of the 17.)"

The stipled letters and numbers have been crossed out because the desigation has changed. The script R indicates a reserve unit. It was stipled to indicate that the unit was no longer a reserve unit.

The original stamp H.R.(script)T.S.17.95. signified: Hessischen Reserve Train-Bataillons, 17th Sanitats-Kompagnie, Waffe Nr 95

The new unit stamp formed H.T.S.2.100 signifies: Hessischen Train-Bataillons, 2nd Sanitats-Kompagnie, Waffe Nr 100 (see "The Imperial German Regimental Marking", page 47)
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Walter,

many thanks for the picture. A Reichsrevolver is all I´ve ever wanted - apart from my Lugers. German weapons law limits the number of handguns I´m permitted to own. So it´s a matter of waiting for when I can sacrifice one of the Lugers.

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Very good point Patrick. I have often wondered that myself. They are fascinating to me and information on them is hard to find. Also, most Reichsrevolver holsters have been converted to P08 holsters are are very scarce in unaltered condition. I am very interested in the up-coming Hermann Historica Auction. I've never seen so many Reichsrevolvers available. In the USA, firearms made before 1898 are considered "non guns" or antiques, and can be sent directly to the buyer like any other antique. Matchlock, flintlock and percussion pistols are the same. Doesn"t Germany recognize that as well? I would like very much to hear your feelings on this. Do you live close to Munich so you can visit the auction?
 
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