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Mauser Zig Zag
Mauser Zig-Zag
Country of origin

Germany

Manufacturer(s)

Mauser

Year(s) designed

1878

Production began

1878

Production ended

1896

Weapon type

Revolver

Caliber

10.6mm (0.42in), 9mm (0.35in)

Action

Single action

Barrel length

140mm (5.5in)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Six-shot

The Mauser Model 1878, more commonly named the "Zig-Zag", was a single action revolver designed by the German Mauser Company. The Zig-Zag acquired its name due to the zig-zag pattern on the side of the cylinder. 

Design DetailsEdit

The Zig-Zag was originally designed with a solid frame, with the cylinder being released from the frame to be reloaded. The cylinder itself featured the distinctive zig-zag pattern which was instrumental in the single action operating mechanism, with the cylinder rotating when the hammer was cocked, a pin within the frame causing it to rotate as the pin traced the zig-zag pattern of the cylinder. 

Later the Zig-Zag was redesigned with a hinged frame, meaning that the cylinder did not have to be removed to reload hence reducing reload time. At this time (around 1886) the Zig-Zag was fitted with a modified version of the Webley Self-extraction mechanism (developed with the Webley Revolver ) to allow the cartridges to be extracted from the cylinder. 

The Zig-Zag was fitted with several other features to better suit it to various applications. Saddle rings were added to the underside of the grip, with a safety lever located on the left side of the frame (which on hinged Zig-Zags would also unlock the cylinder). Zig-Zags were most commonly finished in blued steel.

AmmunitionEdit

The Zig-Zag was originally designed to be chambered for Mauser's own 10.6mm Auto cartridge, becoming Mauser's (and Germany's) first sidearm to use metallic cartridges. Later Mauser released a 9mm version, using the forerunner to the 9mm Parabellum.

UsageEdit

The Zig-Zag was the first German military sidearm to use metallic cartridges. It was also the first Mauser design to use a more typical (although still rather unusual) single action mechanism. The Zig-Zag would last for around 18 years in Mauser catalogues before being replaced by the famed Mauser C96 "Broomhandle". In reality, however, several Zig-Zags were recorded as being used during the First World War by German officers.

ResourcesEdit

http://www.adamsguns.com/ - Image Origin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauser_Zig-Zag

http://www.ariantrading.com/featured/10-6mm-mauser-zig-zag-revolver-number-2077-in-blue/

http://www.rockislandauction.com/viewitem/aid/51/lid/1760

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