Sold For: $2,700
Model: Steyr-Hahn Model 1912
Serial Number: 1337t
Year of Manufacture: The pistol was originally made in 1917, accepted into service with the Wiener Neustadt Land District in 1918, and rechambered to 9mm Parabellum in the 1940s.
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm, 9mm Luger)
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Internal Magazine Fed by Stripper Clips
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “08” (German designation for P08 Luger, or 9mm Parabellum), “1337t”, STEYR1917?, and at the rear with “K” (Kontroll inspection stamp) and a large “S”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “1337t”. The left side of the frame is marked with an “Eagle / N” German proof added after conversion to 9mm Parabellum and “O” in a triangle. The right side of the frame is marked with an eagle holding a globe with swastika with “L” above and behind the trigger. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with “W-n” (Wiener-Neustadt), Austrian eagle and “18”. The groove in the left side of the frame at the muzzle is marked “L” in circle and the notch at the rear of the recoil-spring slot is marked “3”. The bottom of the slide release, the left of the safety, left face of the hammer, top of the magazine follower, and the left of the lanyard ring are each marked “K”. The left side of the lanyard ring is also marked with an Austrian eagle. The bottom-rear barrel lug is marked with eagle over “N” and “1337”, the front lug is marked “19”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “V”-notch in the rear of the slide between its grasping ears.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with smooth borders. The grips show light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, dings and scuffs. The left panel has more notable wear and a small chip loss and thin cracks around the grip screw head. Each panel has light play to the frame. Overall, the grips are in about Good condition as likely not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished, likely at the time of conversion to 9mm Luger.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some very minor erosion scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 70% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The slide has scattered light finish wear and infrequent light surface erosion, most notable to the right of the front sight. The frame has handling wear in the grip straps and trigger guard. The strawed trigger and barrel have scattered minor surface oxidation. There are some light nicks, scuffs and scratches scattered throughout. The lanyard loop has wear consistent with lanyard use. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. Most markings are clear, the “STEYR 1917” marking on the slide is shallow. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the slide is tight to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Borrowing features from both the Roth-Steyr 1907 and the Colt 1900-1911 series of pistols, the Steyr M1912 is a rotating-locking barrel, internal magazine semi-automatic pistol. The pistol is frequently referred to as the Steyr-Hahn or “Steyr Hammer” due to its external hammer. The pistol was an Austro-Hungarian sidearm during WWI with other contracts for sales to Chile and Romania. This example was still in Austrian inventory in the 1940s when many were converted to 9mm Parabellum for use by Austrian police. The pistol was originally made in 1917 and was issued to the Austrian Wiener-Neustadt Land District in 1918 prior to being converted to 9mm for use by police under the administration of Nazi Germany. The pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition with 75% of its finish remaining, a nice bore and strong mechanics. This pistol is in really nice condition for having survived inter-war Austria, Anschluss and a world war, though it would likely not have seen any front-line action. There were only about 60,000 Steyr-Hahns converted to 9x19mm for police use, and far fewer are still in existence today. This rare variation should be a big hit with collectors of WWI and WWII pistols and those used by the Axis in particular, especially with its matching numbers. Please see our photos and good luck!
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