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Bergmann1896
Bergmann Model 1896
Country of origin

German Empire

Manufacturer(s)

Bergmann

Designer(s)

Theodor Bergmann
Louis Schmeisser

Weapon type

Semi-automatic pistol

Caliber

5mm Bergmann (nº 2)
6.5mm Bergmann (nº 3)
8x22mm Bergmann (nº 4)

Action

Blowback

Overall length

10 inches (25.4 cm, nº 3)

Barrel length

4.01 inches (10.2 cm, nº 3)

Weight

2.5 pounds (1.13 kg, nº 3)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

5 round internal magazine


The Bergmann Model 1896 was an early semi-automatic pistol design.

HistoryEdit

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.

Design DetailsEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

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