The Bergmann Model 1896 was an early semi-automatic pistol design.
The pistol was a contemporary of the Borchardt C-93 and Mauser C96, but failed to achieve any success or fame as the earlier 2. However, Bergmann managed to go on to design the MP 18, the first successful submachine gun.
The 1896 was loaded by an en-bloc clip like the one found on a Mannlicher M1895, loaded through a side door. Early cartridges were grooveless with the bullets having a sharp nose to avoid jams. Later pistols had mechanical extractors and cartridges with grooved flanges.