Sold For: $1,750
Model: Steyr-Hahn Model 1912
Serial Number: 5845
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Caliber: 9mm Steyr (NOT 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 “5845”, STEYR 1916?, and at the rear with “K” (Kontroll inspection stamp) and a large “S”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “5845”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with “W-n” (Wiener-Neustadt), Austrian eagle and “16”. The groove in the right side of the frame at the muzzle is marked “E”. 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 “5845”.
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 checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with infrequent minor surface oxidation. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are generally clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The hammer must be pulled back past full-cock in order to engage the safety. Otherwise, the action functions correctly and the slide is tight to the frame. The trigger has a smooth takeup followed by a crisp break. 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 originally made in 1916 and was issued to the Austrian Wiener-Neustadt Land District in the same year. Unlike many other M1912s, this one was not converted to 9mm Luger in the late ’30s-early ’40s and is still chambered for the original 9mm Steyr cartridge. The pistol is in about Very Good condition with 87% of its finish remaining, a great 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. This pistol should be a big hit with collectors of WWI and Austrian pistols, especially with its matching numbers. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.