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MODEL 1905 MANNLICHER, SERIAL NUMBER 4202.

The models 1901 and 1905 Mannlicher were manufactured from 1901 to 1905 by Waffenfabrik Steyr in Steyr Austria. They had a retarded blowback action and were in caliber 7.63mm Mannlicher. They were tested by the Austro-Hungarian Military in 1904 and rejected. According to Adanek many Austro-Hungarian officers purchased them privately (Pistols of World War I, page 8). About 9000 were produced with 5000 going to Argentina (Schroeder, System Mannlicher, Gun Collectors Digest 4th Edition page 184). It is a scarce pistol.


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Figure 1. Left side Mannlicher Model 1905, serial number 4202. This pistol has a beautiful and elegant appearance.


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Figure 2. Details left side, Mannlicher Model 1905, serial number 4202. The inscription reads “Md. 1905, WAFFENFABRIK STEYR”. This pistol was intended for commercial sales. Many Austro-Hungarian officers purchased them privately.


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Figure 3. Right side, Mannlicher Model 1905, serial number 4202.


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Figure 4. Details right side, Mannlicher Model 1905, serial number 4202. The inscription reads “SYSTEM MANNLICHER”.


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Figure 5. Bottom, Mannlicher Model 1905, serial number 4202.
 

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That is a beautifull pistol and she sure has smooth lines, the old world craftsmanship surely was amazing. Today we have CNC machines and very fine tooling machinery and all they want to build are composite products to evade detection.

The times they are changing
 
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