The Salvator Dormus M1896 was a semi automatic pistol of Austro Hungarian origin. The weapon was designed by Karl Salvator and Ritter von Dormus and was fed from a 7 round magazine chambered in the 8x17mm R Dormus round.


Archduke Carl Salvator and Sir Georg Dormus collaborated to design a semiautomatic pistol that culminated in the M1896 that was tested by the Austrian military. Patented in July 1891, very shortly after the Schöberger-Laumann pistol, patented in June 1891, this was the second workable self loading pistol design to see limited production, but was designed without reference to any earlier pattern, unlike the Schönberger, which was developed from his earlier manual repeating design by Josef Laumann. According to Mötz and Schuy (Vom Ursprung der Selbstladepistole), approximately 50 examples were made, of which 30 were submitted in late 1896 for formal Austrian Army testing.


The pistol has a 5.75” bbl with a fixed front and rear sight which does not recoil on firing, the action being purely blowback. Under the barrel is a charging rod, hand-checkered on its forward surface, that moves the bolt fully rearward where it may be retained by a combination slide release/safety lever, the upper of two levers, mounted on the frame to the left of the hammer. Pushing the lever fractionally down releases the bolt; pushing it down further rotates the hammer block out of the way, allowing the dropped hammer to contact the firing pin. The small lever immediately below provides counterforce tensioning. The gun is loaded via a stripper clip and has a hinged magazine door on the butt, pivoting on the same axle used to retain the generous lanyard ring.



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