SOLD FOR: $1325
Model: Steyr-Hahn Model 1912
Serial Number: 13133
Year of Manufacture: 1918
Caliber: 9x23mm 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 “13133”, “STEYR 1918?, and at the rear with “K” (Kontroll inspection stamp) and a large “S”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “13133”. 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 “3”, the right is marked “R” and the notch at the rear of the recoil-spring slot is marked “9”. The bottom of the magazine 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 “K” and “13133”.
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 nicks, scuffs and compressed checkers. 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: Refinished, likely at the time of conversion to 9mm Luger.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The finish is generally strong throughout with a few scattered light nicks and scratches. There is some scattered pinprick erosion under the finish. The action has minor operational wear. Most markings are clear, the slide’s serial marking is worn with the first “3” incomplete. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-Fine condition as refinished.
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 made in 1918 and was issued to the Austrian Wiener-Neustadt Land District in 1918. While earlier production had letter suffixes in their serial numbers, during 1918 there was a separate 5-digit serial range for these pistols which had no letters, making this a less common variant. Many of the pistols were also re-chambered for 9mm Luger in the 1940s for use by local police forces under the Nazi regime, while this example has not been converted. The pistol is in about Very Good-Fine condition as refinished with 97% of its new 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 variation should be a big hit with collectors of WWI era pistols, especially with its matching numbers. Please see our photos and good luck!