7.6mm caliber, 3.675" barrel, S/N 885. Blued finish, color casehardened hammer and extractor lever, embossed molded hard rubber grips with foliate themes. Matching serial numbers throughout, including grips, which are scratch numbered 85. Single action, 6-shot metallic cartridge revolver. Barrel rib marked: GEBR MAUSER & Cie OBERNDORF A/N WURTTEMBURG 1878. The first handgun design to be produced by Peter Paul Mauser, these interesting tip-up, simultaneous extraction revolvers competed in the 1879 German military handgun trials, but were rejected for being too complex to machine and manufacture. They were somewhat successful in the commercial market and are extremely desirable collectable arms today.
Very good. Retains some of the blued finish which has dulled and faded, showing some scattered surface oxidation and freckling. Case hardened parts with a dull, mottled gray patina. Clear markings, mechanically functional, good bore with strong rifling and some lightly scattered pitting. Grips about fine with some light handling marks and a tiny chip out of the upper edge of the left grip.